Asphalt is a popular choice for any driveway. Not only is it durable enough to last for years with the proper maintenance, it is easy to install and can provide greater aesthetic value and curb appeal than a concrete driveway. As strong and versatile as asphalt can be, there are some things to consider if you really want it to last, not the least of which is knowing when to pave a new asphalt driveway. Let Epic Paving fill you in on the best temperature for installing your asphalt driveway.
Why Is Temperature Important
To know at what temperature you can lay asphalt, first note that asphalt is mixed in a drum, typically at 280 degrees Fahrenheit on average, and then installed while still warm. This is done because asphalt is a mixture of aggregates or crushed stone, petroleum-based bitumen or binders, and sand. Heat keeps that bitumen pliable so that asphalt can be spread over a surface and then pressed or compacted into place; as it dries, that mixture hardens and becomes the dense pavement you drive over! Overly cold outside temperatures allow asphalt to harden too quickly, while cold or frozen soil doesn’t allow asphalt to be pressed or rolled into place as needed.
Best Temperature For Installing Your Asphalt Driveway
The best temperature for paving asphalt is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. For most people, that would make the late spring or early summer the best time of year for a new driveway, but that will vary depending on where you live. These temperature guidelines hold true whether you are installing a new driveway or overlaying Hot Mix Asphalt on an existing surface. Temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees aren’t ideal for laying asphalt, but it is possible. Consult with a contractor if you must pave your driveway in these temperatures.
Other Things to Consider
Temperature is important when laying asphalt, but the depth of your driveway is just as important. A surface coat of 1 1/2 to 2 inches is usually enough for most driveways. It’s also crucial that an asphalt driveway undergo regular maintenance throughout its lifespan. It should be sealed at least every few years, and any cracks you see should be patched up as soon as possible.
If you want to make sure that your new driveway is installed safely and correctly, take the time to find a good contractor in your area. Contact our qualified team of professionals for a quote today at 416-701-1881 or email@example.com.