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When it comes to planning for a new driveway, many property owners do not realize that the installation of a driveway can depend upon the season and type of material used.  If you are considering a new driveway, it may be important for you to wait until winter has passed for materials like asphalt and concrete.

Why is Asphalt Paving Not Recommended in the Winter?

Temperature can play a major factor in deciding if your driveway can be paved in the winter.  In ideal situations, the temperature would be higher than 50 degrees when you are having your driveway paved. This is why late spring to early fall are the best times to get your driveway paved.  If the temperatures are too cool, it may cause asphalt to not set properly.

The temperature of the ground is also important to consider when deciding if your driveway can be paved in the winter.  The surface temperature of the ground can cause asphalt to not compact or set properly.  There could be times where the air and surface temperature vary and paving the driveway may be impossible.  The challenges winter paving can have makes it more important to speak with a paving expert to ensure you are equipped with the best options for your home or business driveway needs.

Wet weather can also play a major role in why it may be challenging to pave your driveway during the winter.  If there has been significant rain or snowfall in the area, paving your driveway may not be possible at that time.   Water can damage the foundational layers of asphalt and can cause it to not set properly.  Water also has the ability to cool the asphalt too quickly, resulting in a poor set as well.

Paving experts may have tricks or tools to help with paving during cooler temperatures, so it’s best to contact a local asphalt paver to get a better idea if paving in the winter would be an option for your driveway.  If you really need a quick solution for a winter driveway install, you may want to consider a material like gravel instead of asphalt or concrete.