Winter is not here yet, but when it comes to getting your pavements ready for the temperature drops and frozen conditions, now is the time to take action. Continue reading to learn what you need to know about pavement winterization, what you can do to make it happen, and why timing is so critical.
Pavement Maintenance for Winter
Winter weather can cause all kinds of damage to both asphalt and concrete pavements. This is mostly due to the freeze-that cycles the season experiences in this region of the country; but it is also due to natural wear and tear, high traffic volume, and more. For these reasons, it is necessary to provide the proper routine maintenance for your pavement to ensure it remains intact during the winter season and does not incur any more additional damage or safety concerns. This is called winterization, and all licensed paving contractors provide this service.
Proper Winterization Includes, but is Not Limited to:
☑ Seal Coating
☑ Crack Filling
☑ Pothole Repair
☑ Sidewalk Grinding/Smoothing
☑ Walking Path Fills and Repairs
☑ Step/Staircase Repairs
☑ ADA Ramp Repairs
Now is the Time
Although winter is not here, now is the time to have your pavements prepared. During the freeze-that cycles, pavement expands and contracts over and over again. This worsens any surface blemishes like potholes and cracks, as well as underground conditions like improper soil stabilization. Not only does this occurrence make repairs more dangerous to implement, it makes them more difficult and more expensive. Also, asphalt repair becomes more expensive and time consuming as winter arrives. This is because more equipment and trucking is required to keep paving materials at adequate temperatures. This is the basis to ensuring the structural integrity of pavement.
Furthermore, you can lose more money by failing to winterize. The winter conditions can worsen your pavements structural issues, causing you to face expensive springtime repairs and renovations, rather than light routine maintenance. Thanksgiving is usually the undeclared “cut-off date” that signifies the start of the winter season within the road construction industry. If you cut it too close to this time, you could face some delays, such as permit approvals or early snowfall. These circumstances can increase the amount of time and money it takes to service your pavement. So get on the phone with a licensed and insured Indianapolis paving company as soon as possible to protect your pavement this winter!