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Spring To-Do List for Paved Surfaces

Spring will be here soon, and that means it’s time to prepare your paved surfaces for the upcoming warmer months. Winter can be hard on pavement. Whether you live in the frozen north with constant freeze-thaw cycles, or a milder climate where most of the winter weather consists of rain, it’s all hard on your pavement. Fortunately, you can repair much of the damage done by winter weather by following this spring to-do list for paved surfaces.

  • Clean off debris and check the surface for damage. When leaves and other plant matter collect on paved surfaces, it can trap moisture and even cause mold to form on the surface of the pavement. Now is the time to clean off all debris and take a good look at what damage has occurred to the surface over the winter months.
  • Have cracks and potholes repaired. It’s natural for pavement to develop cracks and potholes over the winter. Even the smallest crack can allow water to seep into the pavement and cause damage. Having these cracks repaired now can not only leave your pavement in better shape to withstand the warmer months; it can also save you from having to make much more costly repairs later on.
  • Make sure the surface of your pavement is level. Indentations can collect rainwater and/or irrigation water, either of which can cause damage to the pavement. A local reputable paving contractor can level out the paved surface, making it less susceptible to water damage in the upcoming months.
  • Have your pavement sealcoated. Applying a layer of sealcoat in the spring will make it easier for your pavement to withstand the hotter weather. Asphalt can not only be damaged by winter weather; intense sun and heat can also harm the surface when it fades and oxidizes. Sealcoating will help to prevent that from happening.

Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle these spring chores on your own! In fact, it’s best to contact a professional paving contractor to handle these tasks for you. A trusted local contractor can assess the condition of your pavement and recommend the appropriate maintenance and/or repairs to get your pavement in tip-top shape. A local contractor will also be familiar with your weather conditions, which means he or she will be able to recommend the best ways to protect your paved surfaces for the next several months to come. And remember – you’re not the only one with a spring pavement to-do list, so the sooner you call, the better!