Asphalt Maintenance Throughout the Year

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It’s important to practice asphalt maintenance throughout the year to protect your investment and preserve your paved surface as long as possible.

If you have an asphalt driveway or parking lot, you 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.

Here’s what you should know about year-round asphalt maintenance.

Spring Asphalt Maintenance

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 temperature fluctuations, consider planning your asphalt maintenance for late spring when it’s warmer.

That said, spring is a great time to inspect your asphalt for damage that might be left over from winter.

Note any cracks, potholes, or places with standing water. That way, you’ll have a better idea of the extent of damage and how much it’ll cost to repair it.

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Summer Asphalt Maintenance

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 schedule the following for your parking lot:

  • Crack repair
  • Pothole repair

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.

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Fall Asphalt Maintenance

While the end of fall in Michigan is usually too cold for asphalt projects, 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 freeze-thaw cycles can worsen any existing damage.

Sealcoating can help protect your asphalt surface from moisture damage throughout the winter months. But you’ll want to schedule any sealcoating in early autumn before the leaves fall.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to maintain your asphalt surfaces!

Here’s what you can do now to protect your asphalt driveway this winter.

Winter Asphalt Maintenance

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.

Request a Free Estimate with A-1 Asphalt

Our crew is ready to transform your damaged driveway or parking lot. All you have to do is call.

As an asphalt maintenance contractor, we’re proud to serve Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and our surrounding West Michigan communities.

To request a free estimate for any of our asphalt services, call A-1 Asphalt Inc. at (800) 871-4401.

This blog post has been updated.