If your asphalt is experiencing cracks or deterioration then it may be time to repair, or in some cases, replace it. That is easier said than done especially during the fall or winter when it seems too cold to get any real work done. If you are experiencing problems with your pavement during the colder seasons you may have resigned yourself to wait until summer to start working on it. While there are a lot of benefits to laying down asphalt in the summer that doesn’t mean you can’t repair it in the winter. Professionals work year-round to help with any problems you have pertaining to your asphalt and that includes the winter. Here’s how they do it!
The Problem with Laying Down Asphalt when it’s Cold
If you’ve done any research into asphalt then you’ve likely heard that there are problems that arise whenever it is laid down in cold weather, this is only half true. There are actually two types of asphalt, hot mix, and cold mix. These two asphalt mixes have different methods of installation. For example, hot mix asphalt can’t be installed in temperatures below 55 degrees whereas cold mix can.
The Difference Between Hot Mix and Cold Mix Asphalt
So why does cold mix asphalt perform better than hot mix in lower temperatures and what are their differences? Hot mix asphalt must remain at a warm temperature in order to compact properly whenever it is laid down. If the temperature outside is too low then during transportation the mix will cool down too much rendering it unusable. Because it generally doesn’t ever get above colder temperatures in late fall and winter, hot mix asphalt is usually only used during the spring and summer.
Cold mix asphalt on the other hand works year-round regardless of the temperature outside. The difference is that cold mix asphalt cannot be paved while hot mix can. This means that cold mix is only good for repairs to a pre-existing driveway and can’t be used to lay down a new one.
What is the Best Time of Year to Lay Asphalt?
While it is possible to lay down asphalt in the fall and winter, summertime is superior when it comes to paving your driveway. You should only put down asphalt in the winter as a repair. Otherwise, you should be timing your big paving projects during the hotter seasons when it’s consistently above 55 degrees. This leaves you plenty of time to finish the project meaning you won’t have to rush and cut corners.
If you are planning a new driveway or parking lot, don’t wait until Spring to schedule though. “Asphalt Season” is a thing and asphalt contractors often schedule projects months in advance. Call for an estimate during the winter months, so you can get on the schedule.
Have More Questions?
You can count on Walt’s Paving to complete your residential or commercial paving project in an efficient and timely manner. We have over 40 years of experience paving asphalt driveways, making asphalt repairs, and seal coating asphalt. We are located in Osceola IN and service homeowners and businesses within 50 miles of Elkhart IN. If you have any further questions regarding our services, do not hesitate to contact us today.