Winter is not the ideal time to have sealcoating applied. However, it is not impossible if the weather is willing to cooperate.
- The primary requirement is that the temperature needs to be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the minimum for both the ground and the air. Furthermore, the temperature cannot drop below that point at any time during the application or while the sealcoating is drying (typically 24-48 hours after application).
- Sealcoating needs UV radiation to cure sufficiently. During the winter months, the sun is so low, relative to the horizon, that the area will not receive the sunlight it needs after about 2 p.m. As a result, crews typically work half-days when sealcoating, so the second coat will require an additional day. This can result in higher charges for the customer as the equipment and personnel will have to be taken to the job site on two different days. Areas that are in shade will dry more slowly, so this could result in a job that extends beyond the two-day minimum.
- Even a small amount of water can ruin a sealcoating job. When sealcoating in the winter, contractors are gambling that there will be dry conditions as well as sufficient temperatures for the duration of the job.
- Applying sealants in the winter can require special techniques, such as hand application or the use of additives, which can increase the cost of the job.
Although asphalt sealer is a critical part of protecting your asphalt pavement, it may not be wise to have it applied during winter. If you feel that it is essential, however, you should consult a reputable contractor to determine whether it is possible, based on the scope of your project and the current weather conditions. In many cases, it might be better to have repairs made over the winter and wait to sealcoat your pavement until spring arrives.
If you would like help preparing your asphalt pavement for winter, contact the experts at Armour Pavement, Inc. We provide an extensive variety of asphalt repair and maintenance services to customers throughout New Mexico. We offer exceptional customer service and quality work at affordable prices. We can help you with your sealcoating, asphalt repair, pavement marking or traffic sign needs as well as many other services. You can call 505-897-8190 to request your free, no-obligation estimate, or you can complete our online quote request form.