When’s the Earliest I Can Start Driveway Sealcoating?

Asphalt Sealcoating Company Grand Rapids, MI

Are you ready for asphalt sealcoating season? Since Michigan weather is unpredictable, customers often wonder about the earliest time to start driveway sealcoating.

As an asphalt company, we understand your impatience. But it’s important that we don’t start sealcoating too early in the season. Otherwise, the sealer won’t set right and adhere to paved surfaces.

Here’s everything you need to know about the best conditions for sealcoating.

Over 50 Degrees Fahrenheit

As long as the weather cooperates, our crew typically offers driveway sealcoating from May to September. However, there may be opportunities to sealcoat outside these months if we experience unseasonably warm weather in early spring or late fall.

Don’t miss your opportunity to sealcoat as much as possible this spring or summer! Unlike states further south, Michigan has a short sealcoating season. For this reason, we recommend you call us as soon as possible before demand for sealcoating skyrockets.

We offer our best selection of asphalt sealcoating services during late spring, summer, and early fall.

Warm Dry Weather

We understand that you may be anxious to start sealcoating this spring. However, you’ll have to wait until the weather is consistently above 50 degrees before we can apply driveway sealer in good conscience.

If driveway sealer is applied in cold weather, it won’t bond to pavement to form a protective layer. Instead, it’ll quickly wear off and leave asphalt pavement exposed to the elements.

The whole point of sealcoating is to protect our customers’ asphalt surfaces from the elements. However, we can’t do this if we don’t apply driveway sealer during optimal weather conditions.

It’s worth your time and money to wait for warm dry weather conditions before driveway sealcoating.

If there’s low humidity on the day we apply sealcoat, a driveway could cure in as little as 5 hours. But we recommend waiting at least 24 hours before letting vehicles drive and park on asphalt driveways. That way, the newly sealed surface will have enough time to set up.

How Cold Weather Affects Sealcoating

We highly recommend you wait to apply driveway sealer until after the temperature consistently reaches 50 degrees. Otherwise, the sealer won’t adhere to the surface of an asphalt driveway and will quickly wear off.

Driveways that have been sealed in cold weather are more prone to fading, cracking, and potholing.

If you’re unsure whether it’s time to start driveway sealcoating, call us today. We’d be more than happy to help you plan the best time to sealcoat your driveway.

For sealcoating to be successful, you’ll need to have cracks and potholes filled in. That way, driveway sealcoating lasts as long as possible.

Our team is dedicated to applying high quality driveway sealer for our customers so paved surfaces last for years to come.


Wait to schedule driveway sealcoating until the temperature outside is consistently above 50 degrees. In Michigan, the sealcoating season typically runs from May to September but it all depends on whether Mother Nature cooperates. You’ll also need dry weather conditions so the sealer has a chance to cure.

Request a Free Estimate From A-1 Asphalt

A-1 Asphalt is an experienced driveway sealcoating contractor that’s proud to serve Wayland and the Greater Grand Rapids area. As such, we’d be more than happy to help you protect your asphalt surface so it lasts for years to come. To request a free estimate, call A-1 Asphalt at (800) 871-4401.

This blog post has been updated.