Tips For Scheduling Winter Asphalt Paving

If you live in a region with cold winters, then the unfortunate reality is that asphalt paving can be difficult or even impossible when the weather turns frigid. The key to any asphalt surface is the petroleum binder, which must remain hot to function correctly. When working under ideal temperature conditions, asphalt contractors spread this mixture and then compact it before it finishes cooling.

In the winter, asphalt may cool much too quickly, preventing installers from properly compacting the surface. The mixture can even cool too quickly during transport. Unfortunately, asphalt problems don't always wait for warmer weather. If you find yourself in need of emergency paving services, these tips will help you to get the job done as soon as possible.

1. Consider Temporary Repairs

Repaving an entire driveway or parking lot in the dead of winter is not a good idea for many reasons. Not only will the asphalt cool too quickly to work with, but the frozen ground may damage the surface almost immediately. Still, waiting for spring may not be an option if your asphalt surface is in desperate need of repair.

In these cases, consider temporary repairs for the worst areas. Cold-mix asphalt is a year-round product that you can use to patch problem spots, extending your surface's life. You shouldn't rely on patching for a severely degraded surface, however. Once your temporary repairs are in place, schedule a replacement for as early in the spring as possible.

2. Contact Local Companies

If replacing your driveway can't wait, or if you expect temperatures to improve, then it's a good idea to contact local pavers and discuss your options. In addition to problems with pouring and compacting asphalt in the winter, it may also be challenging to source asphalt from suppliers. Speaking with local companies can help you to understand what issues you may be facing.

More importantly, you'll be able to determine if any nearby pavers are willing to work in the winter. If you live in an area that frequently gets warm weather during the winter, paving companies may operate all season long.

3. Stay Flexible

Weather is temperamental and unpredictable, and you won't be able to repave any surface when the ground is frozen. If some asphalt companies operate in the winter, you'll need to stay flexible with your scheduling. Instead of picking a definite date and time, you may need to make tentative arrangements and confirm when you know a streak of warm weather is on the way.

Contact a company like ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co. for more information.