Why isn’t winter paving recommended?

Although it is possible to perform emergency asphalt repairs during the winter, new paving projects and extensive repairs should wait until spring. Although there are a few reasons for this, the primary driver is the nature of asphalt.

Asphalt arrives at the work site on a heated truck that maintains it in a liquid, easy to pour state. In mild weather, it remains at a reasonable working temperature for long enough to be laid, spread, and leveled off. In cold weather, however, the asphalt temperature begins to drop rapidly, causing it to thicken and begin to harden before the job is complete. In addition, if the ground is frozen, the aggregates embedded within the asphalt mix will begin to loosen and potentially break free.

Cold mix asphalt, which does not require high temperatures, can be used for emergency winter repairs. However, in most cases, this is a temporary solution that should be replaced when the weather warms up.

Based in Abbotsford, Topwest Asphalt also serves Langley, Chilliwack, Mission, and Maple Ridge. Are you ready to start your next asphalt project with a team you can count on to do the job right, on time, and on budget? We invite you to call Topwest Asphalt today at 1-800-ASPHALT to discuss your project and schedule an estimate. We look forward to working with you!

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