Fall Is Upon Us & Winter Is Coming...Is there time to Crack-Fill & Seal-Coat?
The fall “Rush”; our busiest time of the season. The fall is the final opportunity to utilize any surplus budget funds before year-end to help protect your asphalt and concrete before the winter.
Preventative & corrective maintenance is imperative prior to the end of the fall when temperatures may not be conducive for sealcoating. In addition, crack sealing is a vital part of a preventative maintenance plan to make sure small cracks don’t turn into large cracks and large cracks do not turn into alligator cracked areas or pot holes.
For a proper curing, seal coat needs a nightly temperature of at least 50 degrees. However, falling leaves also present a problem as they will become embedded in the seal coat if they fall during its drying process, weakening it as well.
So, as a rule of thumb, seal coating season is at an end when the autumn leaves begin to fall.
That said, there's definitely still time to get in some crack-filling. It will ensure that further damage to your asphalt parking lots are minimized during the spring thaw.
The following is our service schedule for the fall:
Seal Coating- Our sealcoating season ends typically around October 31st. On occasion, we may be able to go into the first week of November if the temperatures remain warm; however, historically, over the last 4 years we have ended sealcoating between October 25th – 31st.
Line Striping- 12 Months a year
Milling & Paving- Our milling and paving schedule typically ends before Thanksgiving. There are certain days in December where the temperatures are warm enough (40 degrees or above) to allow paving.
Crack Sealing- Typically ends before Thanksgiving
Asphalt Repair & Concrete- Our asphalt repair & concrete schedule typically ends before Thanksgiving. There are certain days in December where the temperatures are warm enough (40 degrees or above) to allow asphalt repair and concrete work to be performed.
With the fall being one of our busiest times of the year along with daylight savings time and cooler temperatures; it is imperative to contract / schedule your projects as early in the season as possible. We begin in Mid-August to set our schedule for the fall months.
This is especially true for sealcoating projects that have restricted workdays. For example, if you have a sealcoating project that can only be completed on a Saturday & Sunday, you only have 8 available weekends to choose from and during those 8 weekends you have to hope the weather cooperates.