“When can I sealcoat my new pavement?”
We hear this question a lot from our customers. And we get it: Now that you’ve installed your brand-new driveway or parking lot, you’re eager to do everything you can to preserve it. Understandably, you’re wondering how soon you can lay down a fresh coat of sealant to ensure long-lasting protection. However, this is not something you want to rush.
In fact, when it comes to sealing new pavement, patience is key.
Here’s what you need to know.
You Must Wait for Asphalt to Cure
Applying sealcoat too soon after new asphalt has been installed will lead to the retention of excessive oil. Instead, you must wait for the asphalt to oxidize and cure before sealing it. So, how long does that take?
While it can take several months—even up to a year—for asphalt to completely cure, you don’t need to wait that long. It just needs to be cured enough that a sufficient amount of the asphalt’s oil has been released. This usually takes about 30 days. You’ll know it’s ready when the surface has gone from black to dark gray, and it’s no longer soft.
Here in Texas, you’re lucky. The power of the sun down here means your asphalt will cure more quickly. However, if we encounter a humid spell, the process might slow down a bit. Since there are so many external variables, we advise waiting a minimum of 30 days before sealcoating. Other paving contractors even recommend waiting up to 90 days!
As long as your asphalt appears to have cured, though, you should be okay.
But if you have any questions or want our expert advice about sealcoating new asphalt, don’t hesitate to call United Asphalt Paving!