Large asphalt paving and maintenance jobs often include high liability and multiple levels of cooperation between professionals and customers. Property owners can get asphalt work done throughout the year as needed, especially when your industrial and commercial asphalt paving is in dire need of a few crack and pothole repairs. However, the best time of the year in New England for your large paving projects will always be during the spring and summer months.
How Weather Impacts Paving
Heat Ensures Quality Work
Heat is best for large projects, and you will see more paving being completed during the summer because hot mix asphalt requires high temperatures to work its best. Hot mix is a combination of asphalt binder and graded mineral aggregate, mixed at an elevated temperature that forms a denser layer of pavement, according to The New Jersey Department of Transportation. The incredible thing about hot mix is that it can be steamrolled to provide that smooth driving surface, and as soon as it has cooled down, cars and pedestrians can use the lots, driveways, and roads in a more timely fashion. This not only helps your customers and staff, but allows you to get back to business with less downtime.
As it gets consistently warmer out, the ground’s surface is better for the application of hot mix asphalt. When an asphalt contractor is overhauling a large parking lot for commercial and industrial businesses, it means they are often starting from scratch. Having the heat radiating from the ground helps the asphalt level provide the compaction needed for a smoother, more durable hold as we work layer-by-layer.
Avoiding Cold Weather Construction
In the colder months, asphalt pavement construction is less common since compaction and curing are more difficult. Paving in temperatures below 50 degrees doesn't produce optimal results. Therefore, asphalt contractors try to avoid doing large jobs in the cooler months. Paving in temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees allows contractors to get better results, like smoother, more sustainable roads, and equipment and crews can run more effectively. Not only can asphalt installers do their job more efficiently in the warm weather, but the results are also better.
Most often, small repairs and patching are the only recommended services for cooler months. You should use the fall and winter months to plan for pavement repairs and maintenance in the spring. It is never too early to think about large paving projects, but the best practice is to wait for warmer months to do the construction.
Expert Asphalt Service for Large Projects
At Cassidy Paving, our goal is to ensure that we provide safe and customized asphalt solutions for our customers. We will work with you to make a plan that works best for your large paving project. If you are in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, call Cassidy Paving today at 866-978-9788 for your free quotes, or reach us after hours through our online inquiry form as necessary. No matter the size of your project, we are experienced and ready to help you.