You’ve heard the saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb”, but as winter ends and spring begins, are the effects of winter weather on your asphalt driveway or parking lot as mild as the temperatures that have sprung. If your pavement has escaped unscathed this past winter, April showers shouldn’t cause too much havoc on your asphalt pavement. However, if you did not properly maintain your asphalt driveway or parking lot over the winter months and the Pittsburgh weather got the best of your paved surface, then you may be in store for potential damage in the spring.
To better understand the vulnerability of your asphalt this spring, RoadStar Paving, trusted asphalt pavers in the Pittsburgh area, breaks down the situation below.
Water, whether it be pooling on top of the asphalt, continuously hitting the pavement or seeping into cracks and being trapped in the soil underneath the pavement, will slowly begin to deteriorate asphalt. In the springtime when temperatures are fluctuating, this creates a freeze/thaw cycle. The constant contraction and expansion of water molecules cause stripping, which is the debonding process between the asphalt binder and the aggregate. As a result, the pavement becomes weak and susceptible to further damage.
Just because April showers will soon be appearing, it does not mean that damage to your asphalt has to as well. There are ways to protect your asphalt from spring rains.
If you are in need of an asphalt paver in Pittsburgh or are looking for asphalt solutions, such as seal coating, feel free to call family-owned and operated RoadStar Paving. Located in Coraopolis, PA, we have over 20 years of experience serving residential and commercial customers in western Pennsylvania. For more information, call RoadStar Paving at 412-318-5869.