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Question DetailsAsked on 10/13/2013

How soon after a driveway is paved, should it be seal coated?

My driveway was recently paved. Contractor states that he will seal coat it next week. Is this necessary? This contractor has an Angie's list rating of "F".

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According to a recent article we published, you should wait 6 to 12 months. Take a look at the article here:

Thanks so much,

Answered 6 years ago by KielH


I won't ask how he got your job with an F rating.

A couple of weeks is too soon as the asphalt will be bleeding oil to the surface for at least a month and usually for several months, so not only is the sealcoat not needed yet but will not stick right, and may keep the underlying asphalt from curing properly resulting in a permanently sticky, tacky surface. Depending on the local weather, it can take from a month or so (continuous hot, dry weather) to 6 months or so in cool, humid conditions for the asphalt to be ready for sealing.

Simple test : if you spray it lightly with water and the water beads up or has any rainbow sheen on it, it is not ready for sealcoating.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association recommends at least 4-8 weeks after paving before sealcoating, and the Asphalt Institute recommends 6-12 months.

I would NOT prepay him for this - retain the sealcoating amount from his job payment until completed AND cured for 7 days after application, to be sure it will not scuff and lift on the tires, and can survive rain or a hosing off at 7 days.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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