We’ve already discussed at length how winter conditions can’t easily accommodate fresh asphalt paving projects. That said, full-service asphalt paving contractors do more than just lay hot-mix asphalt, and it’s important to take care of your asphalt surfaces all winter long. In other words, just because the paving season is over until spring doesn’t mean it’s time to neglect asphalt maintenance. On the contrary, winter can take a serious toll on your driveway or parking lot if you’re not vigilant. With that in mind, here are three key asphalt services to consider investing in during the winter.
Best Asphalt Services to Invest in for Winter
1. Crack and Pothole Repair
If hot-mix paving is off the table during winter, you might wonder whether it’s also impossible to fill cracks and potholes in your asphalt. The good news is that winter weather doesn’t have to get in the way of these important repairs. The only caveat here is that any asphalt patches performed during the winter will be temporary — cold patches aren’t meant to stand the test of time like their hot-mix counterparts. Still, when properly applied, cold patches should endure throughout the winter, protecting your asphalt from moisture intrusion that’s all too common thanks to the season’s onslaught of snow and ice.
2. Drain Repair and Rebuilding
Keeping your parking lot’s drainage systems functional and efficient is essential for asphalt maintenance. Without proper drainage, moisture can begin to pool on your asphalt’s surfaces, contributing to ongoing deterioration — this is especially problematic during winter in regions like New England, where the potential for severe snow accumulation is high. Because asphalt drainage systems burrow underground, repairing them can be a challenge during winter when the ground is frozen. That said, certain components of your parking lot’s drainage can be inspected and repaired by professionals year-round. Ideally, you’ll evaluate, fix, and/or rebuild your drainage system prior to winter.
Though not directly an asphalt service, snow clearing services are always worth investing in during winter. As mentioned earlier, snow and ice are the two major threats to your asphalt throughout the cold season. While it’s impossible to keep these forces at bay entirely, the more you can do to mitigate their effects, the better. Removing snow and ice from your driveway or parking lot in a timely manner will keep moisture out of your asphalt’s cracks, holes, and pores while also providing a safe and visible surface for vehicles and foot traffic. Professional snow removal includes a range of tasks, including shoveling, blowing, plowing, de-icing, and more. The best providers will use equipment and methods that don’t damage your asphalt, such as non-abrasive shovels and non-corrosive de-icing agents.
Winter Is Coming — Is Your Asphalt Ready?
If you live in New England, the chilly temperatures and threat of snow have already arrived. Don’t let winter’s wrath wreck your asphalt surfaces this year. Hire Cassidy Paving to prepare, maintain, and repair your driveway and/or parking lot all season long and beyond. Call us today at 866-978-9788 for a free estimate on your next asphalt project.