Seasonal changes can bring challenges to every part of your property. From wear and tear to your roof, or damage to your outdoor deck, it takes work to maintain the exterior of your home. Your driveway is no exception to this rule. Driveways are more exposed to the elements than perhaps any other part of your home. Whether it’s extreme heat, frigid temperatures, or rain and snow, your driveway sees it all and therefore is likely to show wear and tear sooner than other parts of your home.
So just what effect do these seasonal changes have on asphalt driveways and walkways? Most of them can cause a good deal of damage. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to keep your driveway looking like new all year long.
Affects of Temperatures Changes on Asphalt
Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause cracks and damage to asphalt, even if it has been recently paved. When hot weather causes cracks to form on the surface of asphalt, water is more likely to seep into cracks, further weakening the substrate layers of the pavement.
Intense heat isn’t the only problem, though. Like with most substances, asphalt contracts when exposed to cold temperatures. When the temperatures both above and below the asphalt drop below freezing, you’re likely to see the beginnings of cracks in the surface of asphalt as it contracts on itself. Fluctuations between these hot and cold temperatures over the course of the year can speed up the rate of damage to your pavement and lead to potholes and other issues.
Affects of Wet Weather on Asphalt
In addition to damaging temperature fluctuations, the presence of water can further cause damage and cracking. When rain or melting snow seeps into the cracks caused by temperature fluctuations, it can wear away at the pavement and further open cracks that have already formed. Water is the number one threat to a smooth driveway.
A pavement specialist can help recommend appropriate steps to keeping your asphalt smooth. From repairing cracks as the appear, or sealing your driveway on a periodic basis, a bit of maintenance can go a long way in keeping your driveway looking like new.
Finding a Reputable Pavement Specialist
While there used to be very few options when it cam to asphalt, asphalt technology has improved in the last few decades, and there are now many different types of pavement options that help mitigate the negative effects of weather. A reputable pavement specialist will be able to recommend the best type of asphalt in order to stand up to the unique climate challenges of your region.
If you are thinking about paving your driveway or other part of your property, it’s in your best interest to hire a pavement specialist for the job. A qualified specialist will not only be able to act as a consultant and recommend the best type of asphalt for your property, but will also be able to expertly install your new driveway.