With summertime behind us, it's the perfect time of year to enjoy some cooler temperatures and the colorful leaves. But, while fall might be a good season for many outdoor projects, it might not be the best time to start an extensive paving project.
Time is a significant factor when it comes to paving, as cold weather and storms can slow things down or halt them altogether. Asphalt paving is one of the last steps when planning a new construction or restoration project. So, it's essential to factor in the time of year before hiring a contractor.
Here's what you need to consider for asphalt paving projects during the fall.
What Is the Timeline of the Project?
If the paving job is more minor, it's possible to finish before snow and ice appear in the forecast or if you're wrapping up a current project, it might make sense to hire an asphalt contractor. However, if the larger construction project is just starting, and it's unlikely you'll be ready for asphalt installation before late-October, it might be worth pushing the project until next spring.
For the crew at Bituminous Roadways, we want to ensure the safety of our team members, so we are more critical of installing asphalt in late autumn and always access the impacts.
The Impact of Cold Temperatures On Asphalt
Cold weather paving is often unsafe for construction crews, but it can also cause problems during the installation process, diminishing the quality of the end product. It's best to install asphalt mix when it's hot, as the mix is more malleable and can be compacted more easily. The colder temperatures cause the asphalt mixture to stiffen up faster, and this can make it harder to install properly.
The later it is in the year, the higher the risk of winter storms. Winter weather plays a huge role in the plan for the project. Cold temperatures create problems for the equipment and the plants that make the asphalt. This can make it dangerous for our crews to be operating them.
If the temperature consistently falls below a certain temperature multiple days in a row, it might make more sense to wait until next spring for specific projects or a decision might be made to only pave the base layer and wait to pave the wear course of the asphalt. This will ensure that the top layer of asphalt will be paved in a better climate producing a better product.
Contact BR Today to Learn More About Cold Weather Paving
If you're considering asphalt installation for a new construction or maintenance project, the impending cold weather is a factor. Reach out today to learn more and discuss your timeline with us.
We understand delays happen, and we want to provide you with a high-quality finished product. Call us today at 651-686-7001 to schedule a consultation.