Although it's important to get the pavement cracks in your driveway or parking lot filled each year, it's equally important to make sure it gets done right. The first step is hiring a contractor with a good reputation, but you can also affect the process by scheduling your crack filling for the best time of year. Temperatures, precipitation, and sunlight can affect how well the filled cracks will hold together. Here's why scheduling your crack filling in fall can be the optimal way to do it.
In order for the filling material to set correctly and adhere to the inside of the cracks, the temperature needs to be within a certain range. Winter temperatures can be too cold, preventing the material from sticking in the cracks correctly, and summer temperatures may be too hot, causing the filling material to take longer to dry (which means that you'd need to keep traffic off the area for a longer period of time or else risk having the material tracked around the parking lot when stepped or driven on).
Expansion and contraction
Another function of temperature is that it causes cracks to expand and contract. Hotter temperatures make materials (such as asphalt) expand, making gaps smaller, whereas cold temperatures contract the asphalt surface and widen cracks. This means that if you fill cracks in summer when the cracks are at their smallest, the widening of the cracks that occurs during winter could pull hard enough to make the edges of the crack come away from the filling material. Filling cracks in spring or fall when temperatures are more moderate can help prevent this problem.
Precipitation can cause problems both with adhering and with drying. If there's snow on the ground, or even if the ground is wet during the filling process, the edges of the cracks may not stick to the filling material correctly. And if rain or sleet falls while the material is drying over the next couple of days, it can cause the substance to become wetter and stickier again. This is why it's best to schedule your crack filling for a time when it's unlikely to rain for the next few days. Check your weather forecast when scheduling to avoid any problems.
Because a moderate-to-cool temperature and dry conditions are best to ensure proper adherence and drying of crack filling material, planning to have your cracks filled at a time of year when both of these conditions are likely to be present is the best way to optimize your chances of scheduling a successful crack filling. Early to mid-fall, when the temperatures have started cooling down but there's no snow or sleet yet, is likely to be the optimal time of year to meet these conditions. Contact a company like Pavemasters to learn more.
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