When the temperature starts to drop and the air starts to feel like snow, people in colder climates get busy with winterization tasks. Many of the items on this “to do” list revolve around keeping the house warm, preventing heat from leaking out, winterizing vehicles, and switching up the wardrobe. There’s a seemingly endless list of things to get done — but when the snow starts to fly, you’re happy you put in the effort.

What about pavement projects? They’re probably nowhere near the top of your list of winterization tasks — and to be honest, they’re probably not on the bottom of the list either. But when spring comes and the snow melts, you notice just how shabby that walkway, driveway or (if you’re a business) parking lot is starting to look. And you wonder — why didn’t I take care of this before winter?

1. Driveways

Having a cracked a potholed driveway is a pain during the winter, as many homeowners can attest. It’s worth mentioning that extreme temperature fluctuations, ice, and chemicals (the stuff we use to melt ice and snow on our driveways) can all have a detrimental effect on pavement. But if you’re pavement is newer, and/or properly installed by a reputable professional, it will be able to stand up to the elements much better.

2. Walkways

It’s actually a great idea to re-pave your walkways before winter, as it makes them safer and stronger. New pavement certainly isn’t going to prevent ice from forming and slips from becoming possible, but it’s easier to manager newer pavement, and the absence of cracks and potholes is certainly not going to hurt your cause. A fresh, newly-paved surface is also going to be easier for snow blowers and shovels — and we know those are going to be necessary.

3. Parking lots

If snow happens to fall in Florida or Texas, people generally aren’t accustomed to it, and don’t really know what to do. Schools and business often close with nothing more than a dusting of snow. In areas like New Jersey where heavy snow is the usual occurrence during winter months, business doesn’t slow down at all. That’s why commercial parking lots have to be in good shape, year in and year out. Investing in a new parking lot (or key repairs to your existing pavement) before winter is a great way to make sure everything goes smoothly and safely until spring.

Who to call

There are probably many pavement specialists in your area — but the fact is, there are probably only a few who work on the highest level, and ensure the best professional standards for every job they undertake. Pavement is a long-term investment, not a quick fix. It’s important to find a contractor who respects your investment as a home or business owner, and works to give you a result that stands the test of time. Winter is a challenge, but have your pavement project in order is one less thing to worry about as the snow starts to fly.