Winter can take a toll on your asphalt pavement. Potholes form as the temperatures rise during the day to melt the snow, only to have ice form at night when the temperatures drop down to freezing. If road paving is on your agenda this coming spring, you’ll need to take some extra steps now to protect your existing pavement and ensure the job is done well and lasts as long as possible.
Even if you aren’t planning on paving any roads this coming spring, you still need to prepare for winter to maintain the longevity of your roads. Prevention can be much more effective and less expensive than making repairs in the spring.
Get Ready for Winter
There are several things you can do to protect your roads this winter.
- Look for hazards around the road that could damage the asphalt. You might need to relocate trees and shrubs to keep roots from threatening to destroy the pavement.
- Make sure there is space for drain-off by removing sod within two to three inches of the asphalt.
- Salt can seriously damage roads. Ask your road paving company what products will not damage your asphalt during the freeze-thaw process of winter.
- Don’t let parked vehicles or other heavy equipment stay on the roads indefinitely, as they can leave impressions in the asphalt that will collect water.
- Make sure run-off rainwater doesn’t drain directly onto the asphalt, as this can prematurely damage your roads.
- Check the drainage in your system now to prevent standing water when the snow starts to melt
- If it’s not too late, you can prevent potholes from forming in your pavement this winter by treating the asphalt with a seal coating while the weather is still temperate(above 45 degrees F).
Most road paving companies can’t pave roads during the winter since the pavement is either covered in ice and snow, or the freezing temperatures prohibit quality paving.
Prepare for Spring Paving
If you need road paving this spring to repair damage from winter, we’re here to help. All County Construction provides road paving in Rochester, NY for businesses and municipalities. We have techniques we employ to make sure your pavement look great and last a long time, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you in the winter. Contact us at (315) 589-8661 or online to find solutions for your road paving come spring.