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What It Takes to Do Road Work in the Winter

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It may seem like winter would be a problematic time to do any kind of road work or repairs, but the truth is that such repairs are very doable with the right process and products in place.

Often, repairs are necessary depending on a specific project or need, regardless of the weather conditions. UNIQUE Paving Materials recognizes that while cold temperatures are not ideal for road work, there needs to be resources available to complete road projects in these conditions. With this in mind, we’re ready to offer up some of our tips, processes, and best products to use when completing a road work project in the winter.

Choosing the Right Conditions for Winter Roadwork

Choosing the best time to execute road repairs is not so much dictated by the season or the time of year, but rather the specific temperatures. States in warmer climates are subject to longer workable periods, while states in cooler climates are prone to shorter windows of work time.

Most states will prohibit paving in temperatures lower than 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also highly discouraged to attempt repairs on frozen asphalt due to improper curing – the job will last much longer when you choose the right conditions to work in.

Challenges of Working in the Winter

Winter months can bring freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall, making it more difficult to work on road repairs. Cold weather working conditions are determined by the air temperature – specifically, when the temperature has fallen or is expected to fall below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than three days in a row. This can lead to frozen terrain, low visibility, and limited mobility.

The Best Products for Your Winter Projects

At UNIQUE Paving Materials, we offer a variety of products to help you with your road repair projects. During cold temperatures, it’s imperative to make sure you are using the right mix to avoid having to rework the repairs in the near future. When you choose the right conditions and execute the project with the right products, you are sure to be satisfied with your long-lasting outcome.

UNIQUE’s UPM® Cold Mix Asphalt Repair

UPM® Cold Mix asphalt repair material is a cold asphalt patch mix for municipalities, contractors, and business owners looking to permanently fill potholes and repair roads. This mix is known for its ability to hold up over time in all weather conditions – especially cold weather.

Our cold patch asphalt repair material can help reduce future potholes and unwanted road damage from occurring. It can even be used in emergency situations, including when the temperature is below recommended levels. Other benefits include:

  • Cost effective
  • Easy to use
  • Does not require a primer
  • Quick curing time
  • Improves safety and appearance of roads
  • All-weather workability

We host a variety of resources on our website to help you with your next winter road repair project as well as several case studies that show our UPM Cold Mix in action. Be sure to reach out to us with any questions!

Contact Us for Your Winter Road Work Projects

If you’re looking to protect and maintain your concrete or asphalt driveway, we’ve got the materials you need to keep everything tip top. Contact our team today to discuss options and we’ll be happy to help!