Making sure your asphalt is well-maintained will help ensure its longevity and durability. Repairing cracks and holes immediately may seem like a good idea. However, there is one big factor we always need to consider when working with asphalt: the weather.
To properly install (regardless if it’s for repairing cracks and potholes or complete resurfacing) and seal coat your asphalt, you need to ensure to have the right temperature and picking the best season to do so is crucial.
The best time to have your asphalt fixed is when the temperature is hot enough for asphalt to remain at about 175 degrees, otherwise, it won’t be easy to spread and apply. At the same time, below that temperature, asphalt won’t be able to bond strongly together.
So the best season to have it fixed is during Spring and Summer months.
Let’s take a look at the reasons why these are the best seasons for repairing your asphalt driveways or parking lots:
As mentioned earlier, asphalt repairs are better saved for when the weather can let the asphalt stay at 175 degrees. This way, the asphalt can mix well and have a stronger bond, ensuring its durability. At the same time, sealcoating is best done when the surface temperatures are above 40 degrees. Late spring is usually the best time to get this done.
Asphalt plants usually close or operate at minimal capacity during winter. This is because it’s usually not the best time to avail of their service and products. What this means is you’ll have a harder time finding materials and even if you do, they’ll be higher than if you buy them during peak season which is during spring and summer.
Aside from the fact that the keeping asphalt at about 175 degrees is ideal for a stronger and more durable pavement, getting your asphalt fixed during spring or summer also means they’ll have more time to cure before winter comes! Not to mention that fresh asphalt can easily be damaged by snow removing machinery, and you might end up having to repair your asphalt again once the ice melts.
While snow removal equipment can damage fresh asphalt, potholes or cracks in your asphalt driveway or parking lot can also damage snow removal equipment! With snow covering these asphalt damages, it’s hard to see which parts to avoid and it may end up damaging the equipment. That’s why it’s important to have your asphalt fixed well before winter comes.
While the best time for the actual repair to take place is during spring and summer, it’s always a good idea to have the repairs scheduled ahead of time.
Here are some of the reasons why you should schedule your asphalt repairs for warm weathers during winter:
Avoid the last-minute rush and secure the best date and time for the repair before anyone does. Spring and summer months are usually packed and if you don’t get a schedule ahead of time, you will have to make do with whatever schedule is left, if there is any.
Project rates may change depending on the demand, and it can vary as time goes by. By securing a slot ahead of time, you can possibly get a lower rate than if you’d have to fight for a slot during the peak season.
Calling your contractor ahead of time can help them set proper expectations based on your unique situation. You’ll know how long the project would take, what kind of repairs are needed, or if there is anything you need to consider first. This will give you time to prepare for when the actual repair will be done without any surprises.
There are types of asphalt work that can be done during the colder months. These can be done to prevent worsening the damage or to avoid safety risks. Using cold mix asphalt or infrared patching can be done during winter in certain circumstances that your contractor should be able to assess for you.
Not all people have the luxury of time, and waiting for spring and summer months may not be optimal for them. Now, if you’re interested in getting asphalt repairs done during winter months, you probably have questions you want to be answered:
It is, if you are well below the snow belt and if the weather conditions are right. Minnesota is within the snow belt and waiting for late-spring is the best time to do most asphalt repairs.
During winter months, cold mix asphalt for temporary fixes can be done, as well as infrared patching. However, for larger asphalt projects, you will have to ensure the hot asphalt mix stays at 175 degrees. If the weather is exceptionally cold, additives can be added to be able to apply the asphalt mix.
Water can seep into cracks, and when it freezes, it expands and can potentially worsen the damage. If you’re looking to seal your asphalt during cold weather, it’s best to do so long before the temperature drops to 30 degrees, otherwise, you’ll be better off waiting for late-spring to get it sealed.
Finding the right time to get your asphalt fixed is crucial if you want to get your money’s worth. However, it’s always better to talk to the experts to assess your unique situation and to get a tailor-fitted solution.
Erickson Asphalt Services has been providing premium-quality asphalt services for 30 years and has built its reputation as the leader in the asphalt industry. We can help you plan ahead for the peak season and have a durable, long-lasting and beautiful asphalt for the years to come.
Contact us at 1-800-ASPHALT or (763)-389-5267 Local for a quote today!