Can I Sealcoat My Asphalt Driveway in the Fall

Can I Sealcoat My Asphalt Driveway in the Fall Grand Rapids Asphalt Paving

Many of the asphalt paving contractors at A-1 Asphalt Inc. recommend asphalt sealcoating to protect driveways from rain, snow, automobile fluids, and UV rays. However, many of our customers don’t know when they should sealcoat asphalt driveways. We understand that many of our customers don’t want to be surprised with asphalt cracks and potholes once the snow melts.

At the same time, you’ll want to time your next sealcoating for when temperatures are warm enough. The best time to sealcoat driveways is in the spring and summer. In this blog post, we will explain why you should invest in asphalt crack filling (instead of sealcoating) this fall to prepare for the cold weather and snow ahead.

Falling Leaves and Temperatures

The nightly temperature needs to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for a sealcoat to cure properly. Since the average November temperature in Michigan is 48.2 degrees, you’re better off waiting until the spring to sealcoat.

Nighttime temperatures aren’t the only things that fall in the autumn. Falling leaves can embed themselves on the surface of your freshly sealcoated driveway before it has a chance to dry. In this case, the leaves would damage the sealcoat so it isn’t as effective. A reputable asphalt sealcoating contractor shouldn’t offer to sealcoat your driveway once the leaves start to fall.

Freshly sealcoated driveways are also more at risk for snow plow damage. Snow plow blades that are set too low can scrape off sealcoating. Our advice is to wait for the weather to warm up before sealcoating. That way, the sealcoat layer will have plenty of time to set before the leaves fall or the snow flies.

Fill Asphalt Cracks before Winter

While we don’t recommend sealcoating your driveway in November, there are still plenty of ways you can protect your driveway from ice and snow this winter. For example, asphalt crack filling can prevent water from seeping into your driveway’s foundation to cause lasting damage. Once water infiltrates the foundation, the asphalt pavement will start to show signs of failure such as alligator cracking. You may also notice sections of sunken pavement once water has damaged the foundation.

While you can fill a small asphalt crack on your own, we recommend calling a professional if you notice deep cracks in your driveway. Not only will asphalt crack filling prevent water from damaging your driveway’s foundation, but it will also prepare your driveway for being sealcoated in the spring. Before we can sealcoat driveways, we have to make sure that all cracks and potholes are repaired.

If you want to hire an asphalt contractor to fill the cracks in your driveway, you’ll want to make sure you call as soon as possible. Since many homeowners and commercial building owners are concerned about protecting their asphalt pavement, it’s not uncommon for asphalt paving companies to be solidly booked during the fall.

The Grand Rapids asphalt driveway contractors at A-1 Asphalt Inc. work hard to make sure your driveway is ready for snow and ice. If you are interested in our asphalt maintenance and repair services, give us a call at (800) 871-4401.