1. Thorough Inspection
Before a winter storm hits, contact us to have a professional inspect your property, and evaluate which repairs are required. If maintenance and repairs are needed, it’s ideal to have them done ASAP or before the next snowfall. Procedures such as sealcoating, crack sealing, and pothole patching can be very challenging to do when snow is present, so it’s best to take action immediately.
2. Clear Off Spills, Dirt, and Debris
Professional sweeping and cleaning services for asphalt and concrete surfaces are vital when preparing for the weather to get ugly. Getting rid of any debris from the pavement ensures that snowplows won’t be pushing-and-pulling the harmful objects around and scraping the surface. Also, cleaning up spills will make sure that the corrosive impurities in oil won’t have all winter to eat away at the sealcoat.
3. Fill Cracks and Patch Holes
Upon inspection, it’s best to identify any small cracks and holes that need to repairing now. If there are cracks in your pavement that are wider than ¼ inch, get them filled immediately. If they’re left to freeze, thaw, refreeze, and repeat over winter, they will be much deeper, wider, and more costly to fix once spring comes along.
Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to wait until the spring to take care of pothole repairs. Pavement Solutions offers both infrared asphalt repairs and cold-mix pothole patching methods that are perfect for making repairs during the cold winter months. Taking care of small potholes will prevent them from turning into hugely expensive ones that could cause injuries and car damage. Don’t wait until it’s too late; contact us for a free estimate.
4. Never Ignore a Puddle
Standing water or puddles are a worrisome sign for the current condition and future of the asphalt pavement. They indicate areas of the asphalt surface that are weak, as well as poor drainage on the property. If you see puddles now, you very well might see new potholes in the spring. Contact us so we can determine what needs done. Whether it be leveling and smoothing out the asphalt, installing a new drainage structure, fixing the structure’s pitch to correct the unevenness, or something else… we’ve got you covered.
5. Sealcoat Application
Sealcoat does an incredible job of adding protection and durability against winter precipitation on any asphalt surface. This protective layer also offers resistance to water seepage, petroleum spills, and oxidation from the sun. It decreases the long-term repair costs exponentially while also making your pavement look brand new. Sealcoating is one of the most effective preventative maintenance measures, which is why we highly recommend sealcoating your asphalt pavement at least once every 3.5 years.
For the sealant to cure correctly, the outside night temperatures cannot be below 50° F. If you’ve missed the opportunity for sealcoat this year, start planning with us for next year.