As the winter weather begins to fade away and spring approaches, asphalt companies must begin preparing for the busy season ahead. With warmer temperatures and more sunlight, spring is the perfect time for asphalt maintenance and repair projects. Here are a few key things that asphalt companies should prepare for in the spring. We have had a protocol at Wis-Coat over the years and a lot of the info below isn’t just for the contractors but can be relayed to the people we perform the services for as well.

Let me go over a few tips and/or points to kick off the season right.

1. Assessing Winter Damage: The first thing that asphalt companies should do in the spring is assess any damage that may have occurred over the winter months to their client’s pavements. Cold temperatures, snow, ice, and freeze-thaw cycles can all take a toll on asphalt surfaces- causing cracks, potholes, and other issues. By conducting a thorough inspection of all asphalt surfaces, companies can identify problem areas that need to be addressed and relay that to the property/facility manager.

2. Patching and Repair: LIABILITIES! Once winter damage has been assessed, asphalt companies should prioritize patching and repair work. This may involve filling in cracks, potholes, and other damaged areas to prevent further deterioration. Patching and repair work should be done as soon as possible to prevent larger issues from developing and preventing trip/fall/liability issues.

3. Sealcoating: As temperatures begin to rise, asphalt companies should also consider sealcoating as part of their spring maintenance routine. Sealcoating helps protect asphalt surfaces from harmful UV rays, water penetration, and other elements that can cause damage. By applying a fresh coat of sealcoat in the spring, companies can extend the life of asphalt surfaces and maintain their appearance. Clients also, at least in the north, like to have their commercial properties fresh over the summer months. If you are looking for a “selling point”, that’s a great one to use.

In conclusion, spring is a crucial time for asphalt companies to prepare for the busy season ahead. By assessing winter damage, conducting patching and repair work, sealcoating, spring cleaning, planning for projects, and investing in training and development, companies can ensure that they are ready to meet the demands of the spring season. By taking proactive steps to maintain and improve asphalt surfaces, companies can enhance their reputation, attract new clients, and achieve long-term success in the industry.

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Marvin Joles III, Owner of Wis-Coat Asphalt Maintenance and host of Blacktop Banter podcast. You can listen to and watch Blacktop Banter podcasts by visiting https://blacktopbanter.com