Most people who are not experienced with asphalt will think that all asphalt is the same regardless of the method or time of the year it is applied. However, this is certainly not the case. The truth is there are different varieties of asphalt designed for cold and hot air temperatures. Here are the differences between summer and winter asphalt and what you should be aware of when it comes to the two.
What is summer asphalt?
Summer asphalt is generally used to pave public roads, parking lots, and driveways from April to December. Summer asphalt is mixed at around 270-325 degrees Fahrenheit and required at higher temperature ranges to adhere to the ground – making it more ideal for use in areas with high traffic and hotter temperatures. Summer asphalt is a great, eco-friendly solution during spring and summer because it provides more effective results than winter asphalt during those times.
What is winter asphalt?
Winter asphalt is typically used from January to March because it doesn’t require constant heating to adhere to the ground. Unlike summer asphalt, winter asphalt is mainly used for patching damaged asphalt, rather than paving entire surface areas. It also has the ability to cure in adverse weather conditions such as rain and snow.
Which option is best for you?
Summer asphalt is best for asphalt paving while winter asphalt is generally best for creating patches in damaged areas. However, the right answer to this question will also depend on your current pavement needs and where you live. Spring and summer are the most active seasons in the asphalt industry because asphalt works best when it is applied in warm or hot weather conditions.
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