From improving the appearance of your business to creating a safe and sturdy parking surface, the benefits of repaving your parking lot are almost too numerous to mention. The only downside of repaving, though, is the fact that your parking lot won’t be immediately accessible.
Once we’ve finished asphalt paving in Phoenix, AZ, our customers have to wait a little while to drive or even walk on the new pavement. Your pavement is curing, or setting, during this timeframe, and it’s vital to your pavement’s long-term health that you give it enough time to set before using it. Your new parking lot usually only takes about 24 hours to set and dry, but it can vary from project to project. This post will teach you what you need to know about waiting for your new parking lot to set.
What variables affect curing time?
Though we can give a ballpark estimate for how long your asphalt paving in Phoenix, AZ will take to set, there are a couple of factors that come into play. In one way or another, the points below affect how long your new parking lot will take to cure:
- Scope of the project: Larger paving projects are obviously going to take more time to finish, and as a result, it’ll be a longer time before you can drive or walk on your new pavement. Rest assured that we work quickly and diligently to finish all of our paving and repair projects, so you can start using your new asphalt as soon as possible.
- Ground temperature: The ground temperature has a lot to do with how quickly your asphalt sets. The warmer the ground, the longer your asphalt will take to cool and cure. The ground needs to be at least 50 degrees for us to start the project, which is why we periodically take the temperature using infrared thermometers.
- Air temperature: The ground must be at least 50 degrees for us to work, and so does the air. If it’s too chilly out, the pavement will cool too quickly and lead to problems down the road.
- Weather conditions: Temperature isn’t the only effect Mother Nature can have on your new pavement. Your asphalt won’t set correctly if it’s raining, which is why we avoid working in these conditions.
When is the best time to repave asphalt?
We can repave your parking lot at any time of the year. That being said, the best time to do it is typically in the spring, fall or even the winter if the weather is milder. Since the ideal temperature to lay asphalt is about 70 degrees, now is the perfect time to call and schedule your asphalt paving or repair for springtime.
If you want your asphalt paved correctly and in a timely manner, look no further than Sunstar Seal Coating, Inc. We offer a wide range of services for all of our customers—give us a call today to see how we can help your home or business!
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