You’ve already learned how to create a scope of work for your asphalt project, and you’ve chosen your paving contractor, but what comes next? It’s just as important to be informed about scheduling your project as it is to know what work you need to have done. Different components of your asphalt repair and maintenance projects take specific amounts of time and must be performed in a specific order.
Repairs come first before anything else is addressed. Depending on what you’re having done, extensive and deep cracking will need to be sealed, potholes will need to be repaired, and any compromised or failed asphalt will need to be removed.
Asphalt installation is the next step and takes approximately 30-45 days to fully cure before seal coat can be applied to protect it. Fortunately, asphalt can be installed in less-than-ideal weather conditions (cold, light rain, etc.) so it is a little less finicky than applying seal coat.
Seal coat takes place after the fresh asphalt has cured, or every 3-5 years over older asphalt as needed depending on factors such as usage, damage from UV rays, and exposure to the elements. Seal coat, unlike asphalt, needs much more ideal weather conditions to be able to dry and be useable. It’s generally best to schedule seal coat jobs in the late Spring to early Fall when the weather is the most cooperative. When getting into the Winter months, rain, cold, diminished sunlight, and increased shadows all slow the seal coat drying process.
Once you’ve established when the work will take place, you’ll need to set a plan for notifying tenants and residents about which areas will be unusable and for how long. We recommend 2 weeks’ notice as it allows for ample time for your tenants or residents to plan around the work but not enough time for them to forget it is coming up. (Note: If you choose to contract with AMS Paving for your work, our Proposals include customized notification signage and door hangers, by request, at no additional charge.) We do also highly recommend having a tow truck ready the morning your project starts so that any vehicles remaining in the areas being serviced do not impede the work and cause delays which will inevitably incur additional costs.
Now that you have a better grasp on the proposal and production components of the asphalt installation, repair, and maintenance process, you’ll know what to expect when picking up the phone to give us a call (or email) to get the process started. Whether you still have questions or you’re looking to get started, we’re here and ready to create your customized plan that we guarantee will satisfy.