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Sealcoating in the Fall

Sealcoating in the Fall

Every year as we near October, we reach a point when we can no longer apply sealcoating to the high standards necessary to do a quality job. There are three main factors that lead to the end of the sealcoating season –

  1. Colder Nights – in order for the sealcoating to properly set, it needs the temperature to be warm enough to do the job. If the evenings dip down below…say 50 degrees, it cannot properly set. Now, there are ways to extend the season. Some places may thin their sealcoat to speed up drying, but we believe that is a compromise that will not give you the quality you expect from Belson Asphalt. In these circumstances we think it is best to wait until next year.
  2. Rain – Although this affects summer too, often the fall brings a lot of cold, rainy days that are not good conditions to apply sealcoat.
  3. Leaves – Last but not least, falling leaves can make a mess of sealcoat while it is setting and drying. Combine that will colder weather that slows down the drying process and you have a greater chance for problems.
What about asphalt paving? Do you stop paving at the same time you stop sealcoating? No. Asphalt paving has different requirements and the season can run longer than the sealcoating season. We can pave as long as the asphalt plants are open and making asphalt. If it is the fall and you are looking to have your asphalt sealcoated, your best bet is to contact us to find out what your options are for this year and next. We will be happy to provide you with the best options available for your needs.

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