When most people think of summer, the first things that come to mind are backyard barbecues, days at the beach, and ice cream trucks going up and down the street. But what many people may not know is that summer is an ideal season to get asphalt paving done.
Paving is the primary way that asphalt is repaired, although a big enough project may tempt property owners to put it off and avoid a potential hassle. However, older or damaged asphalt will never get better on its own, and getting the work done at the right time can help ensure its success and save you money. If you need to repave your parking lot or driveway, there are several compelling reasons to consider scheduling the work for the summer.
When you are having a large surface repaved by a professional crew, every extra day the project takes can cost you or your company more money. For commercial lots, each day that the project continues means another day that customers are unable to park. Summer offers the longest days of any season out of the year, which allows your team to get more done in less time.
Longer days also lead to lower prices for you, as paving services have much longer workdays to schedule jobs and better conditions to pave. Fall and winter are considered “slow seasons” for paving, and prices for service are known to be much higher in September than in August. Scheduling your work during the busy season can help you get a better deal on a faster job.
The hot summer sun can sometimes be unbearable for people, but any paving expert will tell you that higher temperatures and more sunlight create optimal conditions for asphalt. Pavement sealers need to cure to form asphalt that is long-lasting and weather-resistant. The faster it cures, the faster the lot is ready for use again! The heat and brightness of a summer day create ideal conditions for asphalt to cure thoroughly and quickly, leaving you with a lot that will last longer without needing to be repaved or repaired again soon.
If a paving job is done during the fall, the ground temperature dropping below a certain point can leave the fresh asphalt unable to stabilize. The ambient temperature must also remain above a certain point (about 50 degrees Fahrenheit) for the new pavement to properly set. A cold night can wreak havoc on a fresh coat of asphalt, making it take longer to set or possibly creating the need for a costly and time-consuming repaving job. Summer nights are consistently warm, leaving you with no weather issues to worry about.
Repaving your lot every few years is a necessity, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. With the right help and careful planning, an otherwise tedious project can be relatively simple. To learn more about commercial sealcoating and paving from the experts, contact Associated Paving Contractors today!