How Does Winter Weather Affect Asphalt?

Winter weather can be harsh and dangerous. Asphalt is not immune to the damaging effects of cold weather. As we enter the season of freezing temperatures, snow, sleet and ice, it is important to be aware of this damage and keep an eye on your asphalt for any repair needs.

Precipitation and Freeze-Thaw Cycles

The winter months typically bring increased precipitation and freezing temperatures. The resulting freeze-thaw cycles can damage asphalt. When water penetrates the material and then freezes and expands, the asphalt will crack. If those cracks are ignored, the integrity of the asphalt will be compromised and deterioration will continue over time. Salting, flooding and plowing all take their toll on asphalt and can lead to severe issues if repairs are put off.

Prevent and Repair Damage

The best prevention for cold weather damage is to have your asphalt professionally installed by a company that understands the conditions of your location. Skillful installation will increase the life-span of your asphalt and minimize future deterioration. Once your asphalt has been professionally installed, however, it must be properly and regularly maintained and repaired.

DC Construction Services can also help you set up a regular, preventative maintenance plan to ensure the integrity and longevity of your asphalt investment. If you are concerned about cracking, potholes and other cold weather damage to your asphalt, please don’t hesitate to contact DC Construction Services as soon as possible.