A new parking lot adds curb appeal to your business and makes the area safer for drivers and pedestrians. Knowing how long it takes for asphalt paving to cure and dry can help you avoid premature damage to the surface. Here’s more information on the curing process and which factors can impact the timeline.
How Long Does Asphalt Take to Cure?A new asphalt parking lot takes six to twelve months to cure, and roughly two to three days to dry before it can be used without damaging the surface. Waiting for asphalt paving to harden and dry properly ensures the oxidation process takes place.
Otherwise, the surface will retain excessive oil and can break apart easily under pressure from rotating tires. Resurfaced asphalt can dry within a few hours, as it can quickly cool down to the ambient temperature.
Wait 30 days before applying a sealer to a new commercial parking lot. Sealcoating protects the lot from cracks and wear and tear due to the elements.
Sealing it too early or waiting too long to schedule sealcoating can lead to premature degradation from tire marks and imprints. The asphalt sealer takes about two to three days to dry.
What Can Impact the Timeline?Sunlight, temperature, and moisture can determine how long asphalt paving takes to fully cure and dry. Heat from the sun can quicken the drying process, and the opposite is true on days with less sunlight.
Temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to the asphalt softening again before it has fully cured, so late spring or early summer is ideal for installation. It’s also important to schedule curing on a dry, warm day with limited humidity because moisture in the air can interfere with the asphalt’s oil composition and lead to a weakened surface.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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