Sealcoating In The Winter

Winter is not the ideal time to have sealcoating applied. However, it is not impossible if the weather is willing to cooperate.

  • The primary requirement is that the temperature needs to be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the minimum for both the ground and the air. Furthermore, the temperature cannot drop below that point at any time during the application or while the sealcoating is drying (typically 24-48 hours after application).
  •  Sealcoating needs UV radiation to cure sufficiently. During the winter months, the sun is so low, relative to the horizon, that the area will not receive the sunlight it needs after about 2 p.m. As a result, crews typically work half-days when sealcoating, so the second coat will require an additional day. This can result in higher charges for the customer as the equipment and personnel will have to be taken to the job site on two different days. Areas that are in shade will dry more slowly, so this could result in a job that extends beyond the two-day minimum.
  • Even a small amount of water can ruin a sealcoating job. When sealcoating in the winter, contractors are gambling that there will be dry conditions as well as sufficient temperatures for the duration of the job.
  • Applying sealants in the winter can require special techniques, such as hand application or the use of additives, which can increase the cost of the job.

Although asphalt sealer is a critical part of protecting your asphalt pavement, it may not be wise to have it applied during winter. If you feel that it is essential, however, you should consult a reputable contractor to determine whether it is possible, based on the scope of your project and the current weather conditions. In many cases, it might be better to have repairs made over the winter and wait to sealcoat your pavement until spring arrives.

If you would like help preparing your asphalt pavement for winter, contact the experts at Armour Pavement, Inc. We provide an extensive variety of asphalt repair and maintenance services to customers throughout New Mexico. We offer exceptional customer service and quality work at affordable prices. We can help you with your sealcoating, asphalt repair, pavement marking or traffic sign needs as well as many other services. You can call 505-897-8190 to request your free, no-obligation estimate, or you can complete our online quote request form.

What are Potholes and How do they Form?

Potholes are holes in the roadway that vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of water after the it has entered into the ground under the pavement. When water freezes, it expands. Just like when ice cubes are made. A tray full of water is put into the freezer, and when the tray is removed from the freezer, the water has expanded. This same effect happens when water gets into the ground under the pavement. If it has a chance to freeze, it will take up more space under the pavement, and the pavement will expand, bend, and crack, which weakens the pavement. When ice melts, the pavement contracts and leaves gaps or voids in the surface under the pavement, where water can get in and be trapped. If water freezes and thaws over and over, the pavement will weaken and continue cracking.

As the weight of cars and trucks pass over the weak spot in the road, pieces of the roadway material weaken, which will cause the material to be displaced or broken down from the weight, creating the pothole.

What happens when salt is brought into the picture? Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When salt is applied during the winter, it lowers the temperature that water will freeze. Thus creating an artificial freeze-thaw cycle that permits more occurrences of the damaging cycle to occur. This happens more often in the spring because of the melting that takes place and because the temperatures fluctuating above and below the freezing point very frequently.

Why You Should Fix Your Asphalt

Parking Lot Repair

Why is parking lot asphalt repair important?

Asphalt repair is important for your business. There are two primary reasons why your parking lot should be in good condition. One is aesthetics. You want to make a good impression on anyone who visits your business. Good upkeep of the physical plant with parking lot repairs sets the stage for everything else.

The second reason to repair your parking lot is referred to as “premises liability” in the language of personal injury law. Any accidents such as a trip-and-fall or damage to a vehicle might be grounds for a lawsuit. In many states, all costs from medical care, long-term therapy, medications, lost time from work and pain and suffering can be calculated into an award. If a pothole or other asphalt hazard leads to an injury, the owner and management company can be held financially responsible for substandard pavement conditions. But the opposite can be true as well: Demonstrated attention to timely asphalt repairs can help steel your defense against such lawsuits.

What can cause parking lot asphalt to deteriorate and need asphalt repair?

All asphalt and concrete pavement is subject to atrophy over time. The older the pavement, the more likely the parking lot needs asphalt repair.

But special circumstances can accelerate damage to a parking lot. If heavy industrial vehicles roll over the pavement, it can cause pavement cracks. Other factors that can damage existing pavement are: utility cuts (including those for fiber optics), installation of drains and sewers, and tree roots.  crack issue

Surface breaks of any kind – including those that result from seasonal temperature fluctuations and extreme weather – allow moisture to percolate below the surface, where it undermines the integrity of the pavement. In freeze-thaw conditions, water turned into ice expands, creating room for more water and additional instability. As the pavement crumbles, a pothole opens up. But even without freezing, the layers of gravel and earth below the pavement are compromised and require asphalt repair.

Crack seals can help hold back this moisture invasion, as can minor pothole repairs.

What are the risks of allowing potholes in parking lots to persist?

The risks include how your business can appear to be crumbling along with the asphalt itself. For any organization that invests in marketing or employee recruitment, a deteriorating parking area can reduce returns on those investments. Of course, if you are selling your property, broken pavement can be a distraction and even a price-reducing negotiation point.

pot hole issueBut the financial risk of a lawsuit stemming from a trip-and-fall accident can be very high: injuries from simple falls can include brain trauma and even death, which can bring legal judgments of a million dollars or more against the property owner. Your property insurance may cover your costs, or it may not. And as anyone who purchases insurance knows, a loss experience almost always leads to higher premiums for the policyholder.

With jagged edges, some property managers choose to use a sawcut. However, this is not required. This type of asphalt repair is done primarily for aesthetic reasons.

What kind of parking lot asphalt repair do you need?

This is the place to learn more about how an asphalt repair can and should be done on your parking lot.

Call Armour Pavement today, 897-8190 to get a FREE ESTIMATE to fix your asphalt.

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