Most property managers and owners know that a timely repair can prevent additional damage to an asphalt pavement, thereby saving money down the road. Because water penetration can inflict serious damage, an overcast sky can lead them to ponder whether an asphalt repair can be performed in rainy weather. The short answer is that it might be possible, but it might not be advisable. However, you would need to clarify exactly what you mean by rainy weather, the type of repair that you need, and the urgency of the situation.
How Much Rain Is Too Much for an Asphalt Repair?
Virtually no Treasure Coast asphalt maintenance contractor would send a crew out to make a repair if it is raining heavily. Asphalt repairs made under those conditions would be of poor quality and extremely temporary, but a severe storm could also pose a risk to the contractor’s personnel and equipment. Similar problems could arise if there have been several days of heavy rain prior to the day that you want to have your pot holes or alligatored asphalt repaired. However, if conditions have been relatively dry, the forecast calls for little more than an occasional light mist, and the repair is not extensive, your contractor may be able to handle your parking lot repair.
What Type of Asphalt Repair Do You Need?
If all you need is a single crack or pothole repair, your Treasure Coast asphalt maintenance contractor may be able to find a sufficient break in the weather to make the repair. However, if your parking lot repair needs involve multiple areas of alligator cracking, numerous pot holes, or a network of wide, deep cracks covering half of your pavement, your contractor will want to wait until the weather clears.
Does Your Repair Constitute a True Emergency?
When it comes to asphalt repairs, true emergencies are rare. Unless there are lives at risk, most contractors do not consider any repair to be a true emergency, and even then, there may not be anything that they can do. Similarly, asphalt sealcoating and other routine maintenance procedures are not considered emergencies. However, there is a category one rung below an emergency, which is an urgent repair. Depending on the situation, a contractor might be willing to perform a temporary repair if you are in urgent need.
Why Is It a Problem to Make Asphalt Repairs in Rainy Weather?
Hot mix asphalt must be compacted before it cools too much, and rain expedites its cooling. Furthermore, asphalt and water do not mix, so the asphalt will repel the rain. This delays the curing process, but rain also frequently leaves craters in the pavement that turn into pot holes very quickly. If the ground underneath the area to be repaired is saturated, subsidence can occur when the ground dries. These are just a few of the reasons that contractors usually refuse to attempt most asphalt repairs in the rain.
For Pavement Maintenance, Construction, or Repair, Contact Asphalt Care Services
We are an extremely well-respected asphalt maintenance company serving the greater Treasure Coast area. Our services include asphalt paving and repairs, sealcoating, parking lot striping, traffic signage, thermoplastic line striping, and concrete bumpers. We have an impeccable reputation for customer service and craftsmanship. To request a free quote, you can submit our online form, or you can call us at 772-888-2840.