Fall Asphalt Maintenance Checklist

Fall Asphalt Maintenance Checklist

Fall is here. 2020 passed way too quickly, but now that the year is finally coming to an end, here’s what you need to do before winter arrives.

Fall isn’t just about the beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. It’s not just about Thanksgiving or pumpkin spiced lattes. It is about preparing for the cold. Even the trees lose their leaves in preparation for hibernating in the winter.

Similarly, you also need to prepare for winter. This includes specific maintenance work that needs to be done on your asphalt surface.

Owning an asphalt parking lot, road, or driveway is not just about paving. There are some things that need to be done to prolong the life span of your asphalt surface.

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Let’s get down to what needs to be done.


Don’t neglect your asphalt. Keep raking or blowing leaves off the surface so that nothing stays on the asphalt at the time of the first snowfall. Doing anything much in the frost and snow is impossible.


Conduct a thorough evaluation of the entire surface to identify any cracks, potholes, and depressions in the asphalt.

Also, do a drainage evaluation to see if the water is pooling or running off the surface. Water pooling damages the asphalt surface, so it’s better to know if the surface has any such problems. That way, the issue can be solved before snowfall.


Repair and fill all cracks and potholes that appear in your asphalt surface. Ignoring these issues can lead to more significant problems, which might eventually require an early repaving.


Get a new coat of seal coat painted on top of the asphalt surface to protect it against damage caused by water, UV rays, dust, etc. Without a seal coat, everything would directly affect the asphalt surface, which would wear it down, thereby shortening its life span.

Get all of these issues sorted before winter arrives. Many processes like repaving a patch of asphalt or crack filling are better done beforehand because the early cooling time and the wetness affect the results.

Also, cold causes the asphalt to contract, resulting in cracks becoming the most prominent in winters. Come summers, many of these cracks will turn into tiny fissures.

So filling cracks in winter would result in the use of excess material that would all be spilled to the surface in the warm weather, affecting the surface’s smoothness.

Thus, the best time for man jobs is during neutral weather like in fall and spring.

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