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Why It’s Important to Sealcoat Asphalt in the Summer

When you think of weather elements that can do damage to an asphalt surface, you might immediately think of the harsh climate conditions of winter. But the truth is that summer can do just as much damage to an asphalt surface as winter. In fact, in some regions of the country, summer can be even harder on asphalt than other times of year. This is why it’s so important to protect your asphalt pavement by applying a layer of sealcoat during the summer months. Sealcoating can protect your asphalt from different types of damage that occur in hot weather, including the following:

  • Oxidation – If you notice your pavement fading during the hot months, it’s possible that it might be oxidized. This happens as a result of consistent exposure to bright UV rays, and it will make the surface more brittle and susceptible to cracking and forming potholes. Sealcoating restores asphalt to a like-new appearance, making it much less brittle and prone to forming other types of damage.
  • Cracking – Asphalt is an extremely durable surface, but – as is the case with any paved surface – it will eventually form cracks. Even the smallest crack can result in more damage over time, as it allows water to seep underneath the surface of the pavement, creating larger cracks and potholes. Fortunately, tiny cracks can easily be filled in with a fresh layer of sealcoat.
  • Tire impressions – Asphalt softens during hot weather, and that can make it more prone to showing tire tracks. This is especially true if the pavement is subjected to very heavy traffic from large trucks and other heavy equipment. Sealcoating helps protect the asphalt from damage stemming from heavy use.
  • Water damage – Whether it’s from poorly placed irrigation or heavy summer rains, water can cause substantial damage to an asphalt surface. This is particularly true if indentations exist in your pavement, creating areas of standing water. Sealcoating helps protect asphalt from water damage, and your paving contractor can help even the surface of your asphalt and resolve any water issues due to poor drainage and/or badly placed irrigation.

As it turns out, summer weather can be just as harsh as the winter months when it comes to your asphalt surface. To help protect your pavement during the summer months, have a fresh layer of sealcoat applied by a reputable local paving contractor. This is the perfect time of year to give your asphalt surface a little TLC!