When you have a damaged driveway or parking lot, you want to get it fixed right away. However, it may be in your best interest to make sure you get it done during the right time of year. The weather and temperature outside can greatly impact the longevity of your new asphalt. For many residential and commercial properties, the best time to hire paving services is spring. When the sun is out and the flowers are in full bloom, it is also time to repair damaged asphalt.
Spring Temperatures Are Ideal for Asphalt
Ultimately, you want to lay down new asphalt when it is roughly 70 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Regardless of which state you live in, the temperature will reach this threshold around springtime or early summertime. It is possible to pave a new driveway when the temperature is colder, but it will require a more complicated approach. Asphalt becomes more difficult to work with when it is colder outside, so the team may have problems during the paving. Higher temperatures may not necessarily impact the asphalt, but it will be harder for the team working for hours on end in the blistering sun.
Ultimately, you do not want the asphalt to thicken before it is laid. In cold temperatures, the asphalt can actually harden when it is still in the machinery. Even if the team can still lay out the asphalt, it can become uneven over the surface area. This will create problems for anyone driving over the structure. You may need to tear out the asphalt within a few years if the foundation is not strong enough.
Spring Weather Can Be Perfect for Laying Asphalt
You also want to check what the weather will be like when you plan on laying down new asphalt. Some sun and clouds are good, but you do not want it to rain. Spring occasionally brings showers, so you want to check the weather ahead of time to make sure it will not drizzle during your paving day. The base of the asphalt can become damaged when exposed to excessive levels of moisture. The excess water can also cause the asphalt to cool too quickly. You will be better off waiting until it is a dry spring afternoon.
All County Construction will make sure the weather is perfect before laying down your new asphalt. Our team has been working in the New York area for years, so we know when the weather is optimal for us to begin. Contact us to get started.