Springtime is Sealcoating Time March is almost over, and even though it’s still cold outside, it’s time to change our thinking from plowing the driveway to sealing it, from shoveling the curb to enhancing curb appeal. In a perfect world, the snow is through falling and the temperatures will soon begin to climb, so now’s the time to start thinking about sealing your driveway.
For some reason, most people have the impression that fall is the appropriate time of year to sealcoat their driveway. Fall is not the best time to sealcoat – just the most popular. There’s no hard-and-fast guideline that spells out fall as the sealcoating season. As a professional, it’s always been our preference to sealcoat driveways during the springtime, so that homeowners can appreciate the beautiful finish all summer long.
Now may be the year to give the springtime a chance with your own sealcoating, and see what it’s like to spend a summer with fresh sealer. Here are a few reasons to give it a shot:
Enhance Aesthetics: No season damages your sealer more than the winter does. When spring arrives, the wear and tear your driveway experienced all winter long makes itself known in the most unsightly ways imaginable. This is the perfect time for a fresh sealcoat. Turn that worn-out pavement into a thing of beauty you can admire all summer long. It’s just good thinking. Business owners plan their sealing and striping for this time of year because of the positive impact it has on their customers, and the same applies to your home driveway’s impact on your neighbors.
Reduce Cost: Due to the slow nature of the season for many sealcoating companies, this is the best time of year for pricing your project – especially if you’re willing to put a sign in your yard and leave it up for just a little longer than normal. This kind of quid pro quo can save you a good deal of money because contractors know having their sign in your yard equates to carving out a territory in your neighborhood. Most homeowners see the sign in a yard, notice the quality of the workmanship, and go with the number on the sign. So, your willingness to put the sign up, and keep it up for a bit, is worth its weight in gold to the contractor.
Scheduling Options: When fall rolls around, many contractors are at their busiest time of year, so scheduling your sealcoating job may be more difficult than you’d expect. While you’ll surely find someone to assist you, it may be on a day or at a certain time that conflicts with your own schedule, and there may not be much wiggle room in their calendar to adjust. Springtime is slower for contractors, so you’ll more than likely be able to set your own time and day without issue.
Increased Durability: Late fall sealcoating is fine as long as temperatures don’t interfere with the curing process. Cold weather can have a negative effect on the reaction, and should be avoided if at all possible. Sealcoating in the spring offers a much lesser chance of temperatures falling dangerously low. Remember, this is the Midwest, so even in the springtime weather can make a nuisance of itself.
More Flexibility: One of the biggest challenges faced when scheduling a sealcoating job during the fall is the unpredictability of the weather. There is a real danger of running out of time if anything goes wrong, or if rain or snow prevents the contractor’s crew from doing their assigned duty. A surface must be dry and clean before applying sealcoating, so if the weather never abates for long enough, you run a serious risk of missing out on protection for your driveway through the toughest winter months.
There are some exceptions to springtime application. Driveways less than two years old, and those which receive full sunlight for most of the day, may be better served by a fall application. It’s a good idea to call on a professional for their opinion – like Seal The Way. We’ll have one of our sealcoating experts visit your property to give a free estimate and offer advice as to the best time for your specific driveway. All you have to do is call (219) 433-3924 today and we’ll have someone come out to you within 24 hours. There’s no time to wait if you want a beautiful driveway all summer long.