You have an asphalt project in the planning. You get in touch with the contractors to do the work. They get you the quote you agree upon and schedule you in for the work. The day of the scheduled work, you get a call from the contractors. They have to postpone the job until the weather is better. This isn’t because they don’t want to work in the rain. They cannot produce results that will meet expectations due to the rain.
We get that you can be frustrated. We would be as well. But unfortunately, weather is beyond anyone’s control. And believe us when we say, the contractor is more eager to complete your scheduled work than you are. They most likely have other jobs to get to once yours is completed. But they cannot risk doing a sloppy job. So, sometimes, they do need to be creative and reschedule projects.
The first thing an asphalt contractor will do, before rescheduling work, is determine what work is needed. If it is something that is quick enough to complete and not weather restricted, they may go ahead as planned. Maybe the rain isn’t scheduled to arrive in your area until later. Maybe they can get your pothole patching done. Or your crack sealing done.
But if it is involving a more intense work effort, complete with crew and equipment, that may be better executed after the imminent weather passes through your area. Sometimes it is just not feasible to start this size of a project in the morning and have to call back all equipment and crew by noon.
Some asphalt companies pride themselves in being pretty good at watching and reacting to weather forecasts daily. And they should be monitoring weather patterns! They are really watching for precipitation forecasts, the areas expecting the rain, and the time that the showers are suppose to occur. While not every forecast is spot on, it is a valuable tool that these asphalt companies use. After all, weather can put the best of plans to the side.
Why can’t they just plow through the rain! Surely they have weather protective gear! Of course they do. But it isn’t about getting the job done at any cost. It is about getting the job done correctly. And rain and asphalt do not mix. Especially fresh asphalt.
Asphalt contains oil. And when the oil and rain mix, it’s not a good outcome. The rain causes the oil to rise to the surface of fresh asphalt. And this causes a lot of issues when it comes to the curing process of the asphalt. The quality of the work diminishes, and no one wants that.
We also have to take into consideration the subsoil, on which the asphalt is to be paved. If it is wet from recent rain, this does not create a sturdy, flat surface to pave. The subsoil, when wet will be weaker and shift to the wait of the asphalt on top. Which will lead to cracks and defects. Another thing that you want to avoid as well. The subsoil should be completely dry when paving asphalt on top of it.
The paving company should always be concerned about their ability to produce quality results. So, you should trust them when they make the call on whether to proceed or to call off the day’s scheduled jobs. If they show up early in the morning but by early afternoon are sending the crew home, there’s your weather forecast right there.
But if you hear that rain is in the forecast and they are still working, don’t be alarmed. They are monitoring weather patterns and radar. Maybe the rain will miss your area. The foreman, who is in touch with the base of operations, will be in the know, if they need to stop or carry on.
Now, every asphalt paving company has had to reschedule work due to the weather. And this can get a bit tricky, especially with contract deadlines and schedule conflicts. Every attempt and every resource will be in action, to get all projects back on track. But sometimes the delay can be more than a day or two. It all depends on the weather and we all know that we just don’t have control of that.
But a good asphalt paving company will have all lines of communication open with clients and project managers. When an unavoidable delay is expected, that will push the completion date, this needs to be clearly communicated to the client. After all, other services to be completed after the paving will be further pushed as well. Keeping everyone in the know helps to get things back on track quicker.
As frustrating as it may be to have asphalt work delayed, remember the name of the game is quality. The outcome has to be quality work. For you, as the client, and for the paving company as their reputation is important to them. Just chalk up any delay as a “rain day”!
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