If you’ve recently had your asphalt driveway sealed, you need to know when it’s safe to drive. At American Asphalt Sealing INC, proper maintenance is key to keeping your driveway looking great and functioning properly for years. In this blog post, we will discuss the recommended curing time before driving on a newly sealed driveway and the precautions you should take to help prevent damage to the surface.
The Sealcoating Process
Before we dive into when you can drive on a newly sealed driveway, let’s quickly review the sealcoating process. Sealcoating is a process where a protective layer of asphalt sealer is applied over the driveway’s surface.
The sealer helps to protect the surface from water, UV rays, and other elements that can cause damage and deterioration over time. The sealer also enhances the driveway’s appearance, making it look new.
Curing Time for a Single Sealcoating Application
The time it takes for the sealcoating to dry and harden depends on various factors, such as the weather conditions, the type of sealer used, and the humidity levels. In general, it’s recommended that you avoid driving on a newly sealed driveway for at least 24-48 hours after the application. During this time, the sealer needs to dry and cure. If you drive on the surface too soon, you can damage the sealer, leaving tire marks or scuffs on the surface.
Additionally, it’s essential to take precautions while on the driveway. Avoid turning your wheels while your car is stationary, as this can cause the asphalt to shift and damage the sealer. Use caution when braking or accelerating, as this can also cause tire marks on the surface.
Curing Time for a Double Sealcoating Application
A double sealcoat can provide extra protection and longevity to the driveway. Some driveways may require two sealcoatings, a process where a second layer of sealer is applied over the first. In this case, the topcoat may take a bit longer to dry and harden. The second coat needs to bond with the first, creating a durable seal that can withstand heavy traffic and weather conditions.
It’s recommended that you wait at least 72 hours before driving on the surface again. It will give the sealer enough time to harden and cure properly, ensuring maximum protection and durability.
Additional Precautions to Take When Driving on a Newly Sealed Driveway
In addition to the curing time, you should keep a few other things in mind when driving on a newly sealed driveway.
If possible, park your car on the street or another surface for the first few days after the sealcoating application.
Avoid using heavy machinery or equipment on the surface until it has fully cured.
If you have to park on the driveway, be careful not to park in the same spot every day, as this can cause the asphalt to become compressed and lead to impressions on the surface.
Protect Your Asphalt Driveway with Our Sealcoating Services
A well-sealed driveway can add value to your property, increase your home’s curb appeal, and save money on costly repairs. By following the recommended curing time and taking additional precautions, you can ensure that your newly sealed driveway stays looking great and performing well for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about sealcoating your driveway, please don’t hesitate to contact American Asphalt Sealing INC. Our experienced team is always available to provide you with the guidance and support you need.
At American Asphalt Sealing INC, we understand that every driveway is unique. That’s why we provide customized sealcoating services tailored to your needs and budget. Our team will work with you to determine the best course of action for your driveway, ensuring you get the best possible results.
If you want to protect your driveway and enhance its appearance, look no further than American Asphalt Sealing INC. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our sealcoating services.