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How Does Weather Affect Asphalt and Concrete Surfaces?

Did you know that extreme winter temperatures can affect your asphalt and concrete surfaces? Those new cracks and potholes in your pavement are probably due to the precipitation and undulating temperatures above and below freezing.

How is Asphalt Affected By Weather?

When winter temperatures start to drop, asphalt contracts, which builds tension and allows the material to crack. If there is water present beneath the pavement and it freezes, then the ground is vulnerable to crack as water expands once it freezes.

It is important to note that the weather can also affect the paving process. Construction should take place in warmer weather where conditions are optimal for avoiding damage. If the weather is too cold, then the asphalt will not compact correctly, leading to issues later on.

How is Concrete Affected By Weather?

Concrete is similarly affected by the weather as it presents challenges in colder temperatures. According to the American Concrete Institute (ACI), cold weather affecting concrete is “a period when for more than three successive days in which the average daily air temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and stays below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for more than one-half of any 24 hour period.” Concrete requires a hydration reaction, which is slowed down in colder weather and reacts quicker in warmer weather. That is why it is ideal to pave in warmer conditions.

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How do you fix pavement damage caused by weather?

If this is the case, we recommend the most effective means of pavement preservation for your surface. This could involve crack repair and pothole patching, or it may call for a more dramatic means such as asphalt pulverization or full depth reclamation. In the Midwest, the winters can be brutal on your pavements and can cause a significant amount of damage. The key to preventing larger issues from occurring is to be aware of arising issues and take action when necessary.

Our goal at Byrne & Jones Construction is to provide the most effective means of preserving the life of your pavement by taking a pro-active stance that ultimately helps you get more years of service while saving you money over the long run. We have the newest equipment, multiple crews, and exceptionally trained project managers in addition to operators who will be ready to get your surface in top operational condition. All it takes is one call to the asphalt-paving and asphalt maintenance professionals at Byrne & Jones Construction to set the wheels in motion. Don’t fret over all those cracks and potholes in your asphalt surface. Call today for a free consultation at (314) 254-9766.