Did you know that there are multiple kinds of asphalt mix? Depending on the weather, you are going to need to choose between cold mix asphalt and hot mix asphalt. It is important to know that although they are different from each other, hot mix and cold mix are not in opposition to each other. They each serve different needs complimenting each other as a result. Let’s go over the various differences between the two, so you can know which one is right for you!
Hot Mix Asphalt
Hot mix asphalt is what you are going to be standing on during the warmer months. It is used for highways, parking lots, and driveways because it is the most durable mix on the market. It is heated to 300 – 350 degrees before being transported and laid on location. Because of this, it is important to note that you are going to be in a time crunch when using it. Failure to lay it down before it cools off will result in you having to try again.
This trait is why warmer temperatures are required to lay it down. During the winter, the mix cools off a lot faster, meaning that the window of opportunity to install it is greatly reduced. With that being said, if a company knows what it is doing, then you should never run into this problem.
Cold Mix Asphalt
Cold mix asphalt does not need to be at a specific temperature before it is ready to be laid down. This means that it is perfect during the winter season for small repairs, cracks, and potholes. This gives it a niche on the market; however, cold mix asphalt should never be used as a material for an entire project. It is far less durable than hot mix asphalt and is not designed to support weight in the same way that hot mix asphalt is.
Cold mix asphalt is cheaper than hot mix asphalt; however, this comes at a different cost. Its lifespan, flexibility, and durability are all lesser than its counterpart. You will want to weigh your options before investing in this product, as there are a lot of issues that can arise from overusing it.
Identifying Your Needs
Overall, hot mix asphalt is superior to cold mix asphalt in almost every way. Only use cold mix asphalt if you’re unable to use the hot mix because of the weather. If you are making a repair, then you can get away with using a cold mix. However, that is nothing more than a temporary solution. If you are able to wait until the temperature is warmer, then saving your money for hot mix asphalt can be a valid strategy.
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