If you have an asphalt driveway or parking lot, you’ll know that it doesn’t stay pristine forever. Stains, cracks, and potholes can all make an asphalt surface look run-down. But it’s not just the aesthetics that you have to worry about: minor asphalt damage can snowball quickly, compromising the structure of the surface and leading to expensive asphalt replacement down the line. It’s important to practice asphalt maintenance throughout the year to protect your investment and preserve your asphalt surface as long as possible.
Here’s what our Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids asphalt contractors want you to know.
Asphalt maintenance is tough in Michigan springs because the weather is so unpredictable. The temperature could be 60 degrees one day and back in the 40s the next. The temperature needs to be consistently above 50 degrees for asphalt sealcoating, and if you have any cracks or potholes that need filling, you’ll need dry weather for the asphalt to set. With all the variations in the spring, you might want to put off your asphalt maintenance until late spring when it’s warm.
That said, spring is a great time to inspect your asphalt for damage that might be left over from winter. If you notice any cracks, holes, or places where water collects, make a note of that and call our asphalt repair contractors as soon as we have a stretch of nice weather.
Summer is the most popular time of year for asphalt maintenance, as the weather is warm and it doesn’t rain as much as it does in the spring. Summer is a great time to have your asphalt parking lot resurfaced or repainted, for driveway and parking lot sealcoating, and for asphalt crack or.
In the summertime, the hot sun can fade your asphalt from black to a dull gray. Asphalt sealcoating can help prevent this type of UV damage, so try to book our asphalt sealcoating services early in the summer.
While the end of fall in Michigan is usually too cold forprojects, early autumn can see the kind of warm, dry weather that’s needed for the asphalt to set properly.
You’ll want to take care of any asphalt maintenance before winter sets in, as the freezing and melting cycles can worsen any damage to your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Sealcoating can help protect your asphalt surface from moisture damage throughout the winter months. Don’t wait until it’s too late to maintain your asphalt surfaces!
Winter weather doesn’t usually permit asphalt maintenance, but the snow and ice can still damage your asphalt parking lot or driveway. Whenever the snow melts, be sure to check your asphalt driveway or parking lot for signs of cracks or emerging potholes.
Our Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, MI asphalt repair contractors are ready to help you transform your damaged driveway or parking lot. To request a free estimate for asphalt and pothole repair, call A-1 Asphalt Inc. at (800) 871-4401.