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How Cold is Too Cold to Pave a Driveway?

While most paving industry professionals say that you should pave your driveway between May and August, you can pave your driveway at other times of the year. Asphalt and concrete driveway repair contractors have several key tips when paving a driveway during colder months.

How Cold is Too Cold?

You want to improve your home’s overall curb appeal with a new driveway. However, summer has passed and the weather has grown considerably colder. Many asphalt and concrete driveway repair contractors recommend paving no later than the autumn months. Once winter sets in, the materials and the installation can be bogged down by freezing temperatures.

Install Time

One of the key reasons you want to install a new driveway during warmer weather is because of the decreased installation time available. The shorter installation time can affect the overall structural integrity of the materials. Cold temperatures may degrade materials considerably. Compression can become difficult. For example, you want to mix asphalt around twenty degrees Celsius.

Choose the Right Installer

At the end of the day, no matter the time of year, the installers you choose will make a massive difference. A professionally experienced crew will install your driveway safely and efficiently. A properly installed driveway will last years longer and have less wear and tear over time.

Always Ask Questions

When talking with your contractor about installing a driveway in colder temperatures, ask key questions like:

  • Can they complete the job quickly?
  • How long does the project take?
  • Can they get the job done on time?
  • How will the weather affect the installation?
  • Do they have adequate equipment to complete the job?
  • What transportation issues are involved if they choose to transport asphalt?

Contact Epic Paving today about your paving needs. We provide the best most comprehensive paving services in the area. Our talented team of contractors provides a high quality installation. We will be happy to answer all of your paving questions. Call us today. We will be happy to help you with your next paving project.

 

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How to Save Money by Winterizing Your Driveway

Well, winter is here. Have you winterized your driveway? Whether you have an asphalt driveway or concrete material, you need to winterize to save money and protect your property from the damage of ice and moisture. Your driveway suffers from normal wear and tear throughout the year. However, the freezing temperatures and ice cause extra damage.

Prevention

In colder climates, start to prepare your driveway before the first snowstorm. Take extra care to patch up any cracks or potholes in concrete material. You can fill holes in asphalt with hot rubber crack refiller. Sometimes professional resurfacing will be your best option. Call our experienced staff to find out what works best for your home. You want to avoid having a run-down, cracked driveway when winter comes.

Cleaning

Believe it or not, cleaning your driveway will help protect it. Additionally, you might find hidden damage, cracks, or potholes. Look for structural issues. Unfortunately, these can lead to serious problems. Additionally, potholes and cracks can lead to damage to your car or create a hazard for visitors.

Driveway Sealing

You want to protect your driveway. Driveway sealant ensures that you have extra protection. Call our talented professionals today at Epic Paving for our affordable driveway sealing options. While you can attempt to seal the driveway yourself, most homeowners make mistakes that lead to further damage.

Regular Maintenance

Don’t wait until the winter to take care of driveway issues. You want to maintain your driveway throughout the year. This will minimize the cost and damage done to your home. Additionally, you can avoid hazards and damage to your vehicle with regular maintenance.

Contact Us

Always call a professional to take care of potholes, structural damage, and resurfacing. Our incredible team prides itself on providing the highest levels of workmanship. We respect you and your property. Contact our friendly staff today. We will be happy to answer any of your questions. We have been paving driveways for customers for years. Call us.

The Effects Snowy Weather Has on Your Asphalt

The Effects Snowy Weather Has on Your Asphalt

Months of ice and snow can wreak havoc on your asphalt surface.  The snow and ice – and, more importantly, the freezing and thawing – can have significant impacts on your asphalt’s structural integrity and cause harm to its longevity.

With over 20 years of experience, Epic Paving and Contracting has seen everything winter weather can do to your asphalt.  Here are some key important facts to keep in mind when dealing with your asphalt and Toronto’s cold weather.

Freezing and Thawing

The damage that snow does to your asphalt is linked to the freezing and thawing cycles.  As water freezes, it expands, and that’s bad news for your asphalt.  The water which has seeped into cracks and crevasses in your surface will expand, and that will cause those cracks to widen.  That compromises the surface, which is what, in turn, leads to potholes.

The Damage

You can avoid damage to your asphalt with regular preventative maintenance.  Filling in cracks to prevent water from seeping in is a good start, as are sealcoat applications.  If left unmaintained, the freezing and thawing cycles will take advantage of damage to your surface or subbase.  As the water expands, it widens cracks.  When it melts again, it seeps in through those widened cracks, under the sub-base, and damages the structural integrity of your pavement.

Hire the Professionals

When you have your asphalt properly installed by experts, like the professionals at Epic Paving and Contracting, you can avoid a great deal of this damage.   A solid sub-base, underneath your pavement, will increase the longevity and durability of your asphalt.  It helps prevent the shifting, cracking and sinking which create those weak points in the first place.  Proper asphalt mixes, designed to handle cold winter temperatures, are another must-have in order to avoid damage.

Does Salt Harm Asphalt?

Unlike concrete, asphalt is not negatively impacted by salt.  It won’t cause deterioration over time, and won’t cause potholes.  If your asphalt is already damaged, its possible salt will speed up the problem; after all, the damage is caused by water freezing and melting, and salt causes ice to melt.  That’s not the salt, though – that’s the fault of the already existing problems in the asphalt.

Asphalt Helps Snow Melt Faster

Asphalt is dark-colored, and that will actually help the snow melt faster naturally.  It absorbs more heat from the sun than light-colored surfaces like concrete, which in turn causes snow and ice to melt more quickly.  For that reason, asphalt is a great choice for parking lots, driveways and sidewalks in wintery conditions.