Sealcoat? Resurface? Or Repave? A Checklist For Dressing Your Pavement In Its Autumn Best!

Sealcoat? Resurface? Or Repave? A Checklist For Dressing Your Pavement In Its Autumn Best!

Every year, thousands of asphalt motorists in waterside LaCrosse face the miserable inconvenience between Autumn and Spring. It’s not because one can’t drive much in the winter snow; it’s because of what follows in spring. Seasonal changes force the asphalt through unpleasant alterations that proactive preventative measures can only debilitate.

The cold brings along enough damage to the pavement in addition to the load distress, fatigue, and winter ice erosion. And being the technological hub of La Crosse County, one can imagine the influx of student-stocked parking lots to bustling roads. It only makes sense to deliberate over what’s best for your damaged or eroded pavement. Pre-winter repairs prevent further weathering of pavement so that repairs can be carried out after the spring thaw.

Here are some excellent pointers of why you should have Pickett’s Paving booked for repairs in the crucial period between autumn and winter’s eve.

When To Seal Coat?

  1. The pavement is beginning to look too dry & grey, unlike its usual black color.
  2. A network of thin cracks is developing across the asphalt surface.
  3. The pavement was laid over six months to a year ago.
  4. The surface (or drive course) is starting to turn into loose gravel and sand.

When To Resurface?

  1. Your asphalt driveway has significant cracks and visible potholes by now.
  2. Your commercial pavement or parking lot is showing signs of raveling and distinct block cracking.
  3. The asphalt has developed a penchant for hydroplaning after slight precipitation.
  4. The asphalt is exhibiting poor drainage and needs a surface re-grading before any surface treatment.

When To Pave It from Scratch?

  1. The pavement exhibits a bumpy and deteriorated surface over a stretch.
  2. The potholes have eroded through all the aggregate and asphalt courses.
  3. Improper asphalt design and insufficient tack coat binding have caused slippage, crescent cracks, and corrugation.
  4. If wide cracks intersect your pavement, it means the foundations have buckled, and repaving is a priority.
  5. Any depressions or upheavals in the asphalt after the spring freeze/thaw cycle should be repaved by now.

Ideal Repair Conditions:

  1. Ambient temperatures between 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Moderate to low humidity levels.
  3. Avoid the rainy season as wet & dirty pavement does not offer suitable surface treatment conditions.
  4. Ensure there is good wind speed and lots of sunshine to allow the asphalt pavement to settle in.
  5. Clean surfaces for surface treatments, tack & prime binder coats are most effective at providing adhesion.

With paving contractors backed by three generations of experience in the beautiful waterside city of LaCrosse, WI, Pickett’s Paving is your first choice in premier asphalt solutions from residential to commercial projects. We also deal in maintenance & repair projects and disperse surface treatments as required.

You can always rely on our free & reasonable service quotes, and we will get through all the hassles to give your driveway, parking lots, and commercial pavement the appropriate solution to help it survive the winter and spring thaw.

Feel free to get in touch with us!