Are you considering beginning an asphalt project? After being laid, asphalt needs to be sealed in order to have an extra layer of protection against outside forces. That’s because unsealed asphalt can lead to cracks and/or potholes. So, how long after paving should asphalt be sealed?
Asphalt Pavement Installation
First, let’s take a look at the process that comes before sealing.
1. Before beginning the paving process on a surface, any rubble or old pavement is removed with heavy machinery.
2. The paving team will then grade and slope the surface to ensure proper water drainage.
3. To support the pavement, they lay a sub base and compact it. After a quick proof roll, any “soft spots” are repaired to ensure a sturdy sub base.
4. A binder layer is added, which is considered the strength of your asphalt surface.
5. Next, the asphalt layer is installed.
6. After this dries, any transitional areas where the new asphalt meets any older surfaces are drilled down and smoothed.
7. Finally, the final roll is performed to ensure that the surface is compacted and sturdy.
Asphalt Pavement Sealing
Letting your asphalt fully dry before sealing is crucial. It typically takes around 90 days for asphalt to cure, and if it is sealed any earlier, there’s a risk of damage. If the sealant is applied too early in the hardening process, it locks in the hydrocarbon oils that gives asphalt its flexibility. This will result in cracking later on, along with other surface damage. We suggest waiting at least six months before sealing, just to ensure that your asphalt lasts as long as possible.
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