Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Repair Potholes

Spring will be here before you know it. It’s no wonder why so many people name spring as their favorite season. The longer days and warmer temperatures are a welcome relief after the dreary winter months. This time of year will find many of us doing a little spring cleaning and making some repairs around our homes and businesses that may have been postponed over the winter. You may not realize it, but spring is also an excellent time to have pavement repairs made. Whether your damage is on a road surface, a parking lot, or just on your own driveway, there are several reasons why this is a great time of year to have those repairs made, including the following:

  • Warmer temperatures – When it comes to asphalt repair, doing it when temperatures are mild is always preferable. Most potholes are filled with hot asphalt that is kept at an elevated temperature in a heated truck. Pouring this mixture when the weather is mild means that the asphalt won’t cool off too quickly, and that means it will be easier to pour, spread out, and leveled.
  • Spring rain – While it’s true that a warm, sunny day is the best time to repair asphalt, it’s still possible for your paving contractor to make repairs during a spring rain. Typically, rain that falls at this time of year is relatively warm and light. Those conditions may not be ideal, but they’re much better than the heavier downpours that so often occur over the winter or – worse yet – freezing rain and cold temperatures that make it very difficult to work with asphalt.
  • Repair winter damage – When it comes to repairing asphalt, the sooner the repairs are made, the better. If you wait too long, even small cracks can turn into major damage all too quickly. And a lot of damage can be done to pavement throughout the winter months. Freeze-thaw cycles, in addition to heavy rain downpours, can leave your asphalt surface with more damage than you can detect on your own. So once spring weather arrives, it’s time to call your paving contractor to have your pavement assessed and get started on repairs.

Potholes and cracks are more than just a nuisance. If this type of damage isn’t repaired promptly, it can lead to a much worse situation that can be much more costly to fix. In fact, potholes and cracks that allow water to seep underneath the asphalt surface can damage the sublayers of the pavement, and that can result in having to replace the pavement entirely. For more information about spring pothole repair, contact a reputable local paving contractor today.
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