Effects of Cold Weather on Your Asphalt Paving
During winter months, the erratic weather conditions can take a toll on your asphalt paving. The constant change in temperature can potentially damage your asphalt paving’s integrity. Bytown Paving offers residential and commercial paving and landscaping. With more than 30 years of experience, Bytown Paving can offer you a brand new driveway which is durable and also looks great.
Factors That Impact Your Asphalt Paving
Here are a few factors which can affect your asphalt paving:
• Drastic decrease in temperature
Asphalt has the tendency to contract when the temperatures decrease. This can cause it to crack, which reduces its life expectancy.
As cities face several climate changes throughout the year, hot-mix asphalt is a popular choice in North America. Hot-mix asphalt pavements are designed to withstand a constant thawing and freezing cycle while holding up strongly against salt and other de-icing compounds.
• Damp conditions
Rain, hailstorms and snow can damage your asphalt paving aggressively. Porous asphalt allows water to seep through it. Porous asphalt is highly functional in damp weather conditions and considerably better for the environment as it can work through up to 70% of the precipitation every year.
Paving asphalt differs during warm months and cold months, as the weather conditions need to be taken into consideration. While the weather is usually not favorable for paving during the winter, a crew with the proper knowledge, expertise and experience can handle the job.
• Damage control
The best way to deal with asphalt damage in cold weather is to get your asphalt driveway sealed periodically. This ensures the surface layer is protected from external factors that might damage it. If you don’t get the cracks and holes fixed, it could lead to water accumulation and freezing, making the damage much worse.
• Frost heave
During winters, the biggest threat to your asphalt pavements is the temperature outside. Freezing temperatures cause water that gets trapped under the pavement to freeze. When the water freezes, it expands, which causes the ground to heave. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as frost heave. It happens mostly due to poor maintenance and drainage issues.
You can maintain the integrity of asphalt through proper installation and timely maintenance. Contact us at Bytown Paving today for durable asphalt paving!