Checklist for Spring Asphalt Paving Projects

December, 15, 2022 By CASSIDY PAVING 9 min read
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You’ve come across a handful of asphalt issues you'd like to take care of as the weather warms up this spring. You’ve Googled “asphalt repair near me” to find a reputable, local company to help you. What else do you need to keep in mind as you’re scoping your projects? Here’s a handy checklist of factors to consider as you plan your spring 2023 asphalt paving maintenance and repair projects, from the experts at Cassidy Paving.

Checklist of Things to Consider for Spring Asphalt Paving Projects

Assess Your Areas Based on Their Risk Levels

The first rule in the world of asphalt paving is getting to know all of your property’s asphalt-covered areas and what they present in terms of risk. For example, high-risk areas might be your driveways and parking lots – the places that tend to see the most vehicle and foot traffic, not to mention nasty winter elements that can cause water damage, staining, and buckling during the yearly freeze-thaw cycles.

Medium-risk areas might be your sidewalks and curbs. While these surfaces can wreak havoc if they’re uneven or crumbling, they tend to be reserved for foot traffic rather than customers’ cars, heavy machinery, delivery trucks, school buses, shovels, and snow plows. However, they’re still exposed to the elements, so they present a moderate amount of risk.

Depending on your facility, your low-risk areas will vary. Perhaps you’re managing the property at a school or educational facility and your sports courts are used less frequently, and typically covered during winter months. These areas present less in the way of risk when you consider the amount and frequency of traffic, as well as potential damage from ice, wind, sleet, snow, and hail.

Take Note of Issues and Their Urgency

Play contractor and start to survey your areas with close attention to detail. Remember, no issue is too small to potentially cause big damage down the line, so jot down even the tiniest bits of cracks, crumbling, and other deterioration you come across. Make a punch list of any issues you find, grouped by the area on your property you found them. This way, you’ll be able to easily reference a list when you do decide to move forward with an asphalt repair company.

Obviously, cracked or buckling roadways and sidewalks are often the most readily evident bits of damage on your property – so are pitted or potholed lots that may require parking lot paving services. But some of the biggest opportunities for improvement may not be so visible.

When was the last time you conducted a survey of your property to specifically note your levels of ADA compliance? If you don’t have the correct slope of ramps in all of your wheelchair-accessible areas – or you’re lacking wheelchair accessibility, to begin with – this can be a great opportunity to get your property up to code. What about your handicapped parking spaces and access aisles? Are they wide enough, paved smoothly, and clearly marked? Are your curbs paved to the correct industry width and height to meet ADA compliance standards? All of these factors should be considered in your assessment of your property.

Plan Your Desired Projects and Prioritize Them

As you take stock of the various asphalt issues you’d like to address on your property, start deciding on what types of asphalt paving projects you might need to rectify the damage. Of course, the quickest and easiest way to do this is with an assessment and estimate from a reputable asphalt paving company like Cassidy Paving, which can help you evaluate your existing damage and provide a no-pressure sales quote for the services you may need. You can also complete this on your own through a little independent research, but the professional approach will be better.

Get to know what types of asphalt paving services are out there to address the types of issues you see. If you’re a business owner whose clientele has tripled over the past ten years, you may be in need of a total parking lot reclamation service to improve and expand upon the capacity of your current lot. Have a water main break or electrical line damage? These issues may also require such an extensive service as lot reclamation.

Consider your costs as you go, eyeing your budget and remaining realistic about how many projects you can get done this year. Maybe 2022 was a bit of a leaner year for you in terms of profitability. If you’re looking to complete some high-value asphalt paving projects for a relatively low cost, you might look at hiring a pothole repair service to fill in the potholes in your paving. This is often done through cut and patch repair services or overlay and resurfacing – two quick and effective types of asphalt paving that can provide quite a bit of bang for your buck. If you need several services done, prioritize them based on your timeline and budget – and don’t forget to factor in the weather. Wet, snowy, or icy elements can often mean stoppages and delays in your asphalt paving service, so be smart about when you plan to schedule projects. Spring is a popular time for asphalt services because the outdoor conditions often allow for all kinds of repair and maintenance activities.

Hire a Credible Asphalt Paving Company to Help

Finally, you’ll want to thoroughly research potential asphalt paving companies to partner with and vet them effectively. While this might start with a Google search, you can reach out to companies to get an idea of their pricing structures and availability. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

We recommend conducting interviews with each asphalt paving company on your list to get a feel for their level of service and what you can expect if you are to hire them for your projects. Consider costs and benefits as you go. For instance, while you might find a great deal on asphalt paving from a small, new company, they may end up lacking in terms of expertise or ability to deliver if they have a tiny team and limited equipment. Along these same lines, you’ll want to look for companies that have performed similar scopes of services for similar clients. In other words, don’t hire an asphalt paving and repair company that has only worked on residential driveways, if you’re managing a large retail shopping center.

Keep in mind that familiarity with your geographical location is very important when vetting your asphalt paving company candidates. After all, you don’t want to bring on a team that’s only ever worked in sunny areas with little precipitation if you’re located in the snowy, icy Northeast United States. Don’t hesitate to ask for a portfolio from the companies you interview. Reputable asphalt paving companies should be able to provide you with five-star client testimonials and contact information, statistics that reflect success, as well as a list of similar jobs they’ve performed to perfection. The last thing you want after doing all the research and preparation for your spring asphalt paving projects is to be met with a team who can’t handle the work at hand. The more thorough you are now, the more likely you’ll be satisfied with the results later.

Reach Out to Cassidy Paving for More Information

If you’re located in New England, there’s no better asphalt paving company to consider for your commercial projects than Cassidy Paving. We’re veterans in the asphalt paving and repair industry, and we’ve got the portfolio to prove it. We’ve worked with some of the largest commercial and industrial paving projects in the area, and have helped business owners serve their community, no matter what the winter weather brings. We have serviced a wide array of industries, from educational to industrial to commercial, and we are confident that we have what it takes to complete the asphalt paving work you’re looking to complete this spring.

When you hire Cassidy Paving for your asphalt paving needs, you can count on a team that knows Northeast winter weather. Headquartered in Haverhill, MA, we’ll never recommend getting started with an asphalt job that can’t be completed if the elements don’t cooperate. Our team of subject matter experts can easily come out to your property to assess your current asphalt damage and make their expert recommendations. We’ll provide you with a no-pressure sales quote and discuss your budget and timelines to see whether we can accomplish the job to your (and our!) satisfaction.

Our crew is comprised of full-time, bonded, fully-insured team members with over 100+ years of combined experience. We’ve seen it all – from the smallest cracks and irritating potholes to full-scale structural damage. You can count on an honest assessment of your property and consistent communication throughout the course of your project. To top it all off, Cassidy Paving also offers a guarantee on all new paving services so that you can be confident that your job will be well done and will fully meet your property’s most pressing needs. Don’t leave such important projects up to chance. Work with the best, and you’ll be astounded at the difference! Contact us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives who can answer your questions and set up an assessment of your asphalt damage.

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