Why Summer Is a Great Time to Redo Your Driveway

Why Summer Is a Great Time to Redo Your Driveway

July 10, 2019

It’s safe to say that summer is many Americans’ favorite time of year because the sun is shining, the days are longer and the temperatures are typically pleasant. Summer is an asphalt contractor’s favorite season for a different reason: it’s the time of year when they’re most productive! This post will cover why it’s best to do any residential paving in Des Moines, IA during the summer months:

  • Ideal daytime temperatures: For asphalt to set correctly, the outdoor temperature should be about 70 degrees. Pros can lay asphalt when it’s colder than 70, but there’s a much higher chance that something will be wrong with the pavement. The 70-degree mark gives the asphalt plenty of time to compact and ensures that the asphalt will be nice and sturdy.
  • Mild nighttime temperatures: Asphalt takes about 48 hours to settle, which is why the nighttime temperature also plays a role. Once the sun goes down, paving contractors want the temperature to remain relatively warm, as a sudden drop can cause the asphalt to harden too quickly and become brittle. Summertime temperatures are perfect, since it never gets too cold after dusk.
  • More sunlight: Even though we can break out the floodlights to work well into the night, that’s usually not an issue thanks to long summer days! We can pave entire parking lots in a single day thanks to the fact that the sun is out for about 15 hours each day. If you want your project done fast, hire a paving crew to work in the middle of the summer, when the days are longest.

What happens if asphalt is laid in the wrong weather?

Paving in seasons other than late spring or summer can have disastrous consequences. Here are a few of the things that can go awry if paving is done in less-than-ideal weather:

  • Cracks: We hate to say it, but your driveway will most likely develop small alligator cracks at some point down the road. These cracks begin for a variety of reasons that are no fault of your own. However, just because they’re bound to develop in the coming years doesn’t mean your pavement should start out with them. Paving when the temperature is too cold typically results in premature cracks that will need to be patched up as soon as possible.
  • Potholes: Finally, paving in the wrong temperatures or in less-than-ideal conditions can lead to potholes. These potholes begin when the sublayer beneath the actual asphalt is less sturdy, which causes the pavement to collapse. Needless to say, you don’t want to deal with any potholes in your driveway or parking lot, as they can be expensive to fix.

If your driveway is looking shabby and needs residential paving in Des Moines, IA, then pick up the phone and give Pearce Paving a call! We guarantee you’ll be happy with our affordable rates and attention to customer service. Get in touch with us today to get a quote or to learn more about what we can do for your home.

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