Planning to have a new asphalt driveway installed? To ensure a quality installation and the best possible lifespan, it’s important to choose an experienced asphalt contractor. The time of year schedule your new asphalt driveway installation is also an important factor. Experts will tell you – the warmer the weather is the better. The spring and summer months through early fall provide the optimum temperatures for asphalt installation.
Why Warm Weather is Better
Both the ground and air temperature dictate the best time is to install a new asphalt driveway. The longer the hot mix asphalt has to cool, the better results you’ll get. The asphalt contractor and their crew need ample time to properly lay and smooth out the asphalt. Although hot mix asphalt is heated and liquefied at 300 degrees, lower temperatures can accelerate the cooling process. If the asphalt cools too quickly, you could end up with bumpy or uneven asphalt which could not only negatively impact the appearance but also the integrity of your new asphalt driveway.
It’s Not Too Late
So with fall just around the corner, is it too late to schedule asphalt driveway installation? It depends on where you live, but for those of us here in Ocean County, NJ, there is still time. The temperature should be 70 degrees or above when installing asphalt. In August and September, our regional average temperature ranges from 71 to 79 degrees. While even higher temperatures may be considered ideal, the late summer and early fall temperatures are fine for installing a new asphalt driveway in New Jersey. Wind can also impact how quickly hot mix asphalt cools. For every 10 mph of wind speed, the cooling time is reduced by ten minutes.
Maintenance and Sealcoating
The early fall months can be the perfect time to prepare your existing asphalt driveway for the winter months ahead. If your asphalt has cracks, they should be repaired before winter sets in. Even minor cracks will allow water to penetrate and collect below the surface of the driveway. When the temperature drops, that water will freeze and expand, causing the crack to become bigger and allowing more water to collect. This can happen several times during the winter and create extensive damage to your driveway.
Crack sealing before temperatures drop can significantly extend the lifespan of your asphalt driveway. This process involves thoroughly cleaning out the cracks and filling them with the appropriate asphalt mixture to prevent water penetration.
Sealcoating can also be performed before the colder temperatures arrive. It will help protect against the moisture penetration that leads to freeze and thaw damage during the winter months. In the spring, this will become apparent in the form of cracks in your asphalt. In addition to protecting the integrity and extending the lifespan of your asphalt, it will significantly improve the appearance of your driveway and improve your curb appeal.
Benefits of a Professionally Installed New Asphalt Driveway
There’s no substitute for the knowledge that comes with years of experience. An asphalt professional will understand the perfect time and conditions for installing a new asphalt driveway. If conditions are less than ideal, they will know what adjustments to make and still provide great results. Should the weather be a couple of degrees cooler than desired, the starting temperature of the hot-mix asphalt can be increased to extend the cooling-off time.
Certified Asphalt provides full-service commercial and residential asphalt services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, sealcoating, and pavement maintenance. Family-owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!