Did you know that asphalt is paved in a variety of ways depending on when you install it? Most people wait to do any asphalt work until the summer, however, you don’t necessarily need to. While there are many advantages to laying down asphalt in the summer that doesn’t mean you can’t do any paving in the winter. With that being said, here are the differences between summer asphalt and winter asphalt.
Laying Asphalt in the Summer
Lots of people will wait and do their big asphalt projects in the summer. This is because asphalt has two major methods of installation. These methods are called cold mix and hot mix.
Hot mix asphalt requires that the temperature is above 55 degrees during installation. This is because at colder temperatures you risk cooling the mix down during transport. Once the mix is cooled down past a certain point it becomes impossible to use effectively. Now there are instances where the temperature can get above 55 degrees in the winter, however, that’s nowhere near as consistent as just waiting for summer. Because of this, it’s best to save your larger projects for the summer.
Laying Asphalt in the Winter
Unlike hot mix, cold mix asphalt can be used year-round. It’s made so that despite the temperature it will soften and harden whenever needed. Unfortunately, it also takes much longer to solidify and deteriorates at a faster rate. This means that you should stick to using cold mix asphalt to take care of smaller things such as repairs or potholes.
Which is the Best Season to Pave Asphalt?
As you can probably guess, summer is without a doubt the best season to pave asphalt. Hot mix asphalt solidifies faster and is sturdier. The hot weather throughout the summer also means you won’t have to worry about the temperature dropping below the installation minimum. Because of this, you’re able to be flexible when it comes to scheduling your paving project.
On the other hand, winter requires you to use cold mix asphalt. Using cold mix means that you’ll have to wait longer for it to solidify along with only being able to perform repairs and upkeep. Overall both mixes have their uses during each season, however, if you want long-lasting asphalt then save your bigger projects for the summer.
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