Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Whether the weather be good...

If you are lucky enough to live in or around Sonoma County, you know how blessed we have been the last few weeks with this gorgeous spring-like weather. Ok, so right now its rainy and windy but we were blessed for a while there!  This spring like weather kept our phones ringing and our striping crew striping.

Several of our clients have called lately to see if they can get their asphalt sealing (or sealcoating) projects on the schedule.  It's important to know that just because we are having warm days, the weather conditions are still extremely problematic for sealing.  The long, cold nights and less daylight hours make for less than ideal conditions.

To ensure the most attractive and lasting finish, sealcoat should only be applied when conditions are right.  Here are the TOP 5 Conditions that should be met:

  1. Asphalt is completely dry
  2. No rain is forecast for at least 24 hours after anticipated completion date
  3. Ambient temperature is 65 degrees and rising
  4. Sealcoated areas can be assured of getting 6-8 hours of direct sun
  5. No frost or freezing forecast 24 hours after completion
We understand that our clients are eager to get their asphalt maintenance projects taken care of and we are eager to take care of them.  However, our foremost concern is to do the best job possible the first time. Adhering to these TOP 5 Conditions helps to ensure our clients get the best job possible.  Once April rolls around, the weather conditions will improve and our sealing crews will be back at it full time.  If you are anything like me, you probably are having a hard time coping with the fact that it's mid – February already. Time flies and April is surely just around the corner.

Hand Placement of Sealcoat Material - Sealcoat Placing Machine shown in the background