Is it Ever Too Hot or Too Cold to Pour Asphalt?

Summer is paving season – all over the country, more roads, driveways and parking lots are paved during the summer than any other season. The reason is the hot-mix asphalt is easier to install and create compaction when the air and ground is warmer. If you have a paving project you are planning, weather is a factor. But you may wonder whether it is ever too hot or too cold to pour asphalt?

Cold Weather Can Impact Asphalt

The basic rule is that asphalt is best poured when the temperature of the air is at least 50 degrees and rising. This is due to the affect the cold air can have on the hot asphalt, cooling it too quickly can make it difficult to create the right compaction. The ground temperature is even more important – if it is still too cold even on a warm spring day, it can impact the quality of the asphalt.

Hot Weather is Perfect for Asphalt Paving

Hot summer days make it easier for paving with asphalt. The air helps slow the cooling process and the ground is well above the needed temperature for quality compaction of the asphalt. While asphalt can be poured regardless of how hot the air temperature gets, extreme heat can be dangerous for the workers doing the paving.

Seasonal Asphalt Installation

In mild regions, asphalt can easily be completed year-round with great results. Those who live in areas with cold winters should plan their paving projects for late spring, summer and early fall for the best chance of success. Striving for temperatures between 70-90 degrees in dry weather is ideal time to schedule your asphalt paving project.

Posted on behalf of:
Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Selecting an Asphalt Contractor

Asphalt pavement is an important and significant element of your home.  Hiring an asphalt contractor who is equipped with the proper tools and expertise for your needs is important. Before choosing a contractor to take care of your asphalt resurfacing, repairs, or installation, do the following: 

ESTIMATES

Obtain a minimum of three  written estimates so you can do a detailed comparison, line by line. Make sure the estimates contain both the terms of payment and also the scope of work. The lowest estimate shouldn’t automatically be chosen because it might not be the best bid. Going with the cheapest estimate can end up being your most expensive choice if you have to hire a different asphalt contractor to finish or re-do your pavement. 

REFERENCES

You should get three references from each asphalt contractor. Get references for both recent jobs as well as past jobs. This allows you the important opportunity to check the contractor’s references and also inspect their previous work. 

COMPLAINTS

Contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if there have been any complaints filed against the asphalt contractor. You can do this by going to their website at www.bbb.org where you can see their “reliability report.” You can also access information via the phone by calling your local Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can determine how many years the contractor has been in business, the number of complaints filed against them, and if the complaints have been resolved. 

GUARANTEE

You need to find out if a contractor provides you with a guarantee. Find out if they guarantee your satisfaction upon completion, (any broken areas, and water runoff).  You need to know if they’ll fix any problems that arise over at least the first 12 months.