Summer Asphalt Vs. Winter Asphalt: What’s The Difference?

Summer Asphalt Vs. Winter Asphalt: What’s The Difference?

The overwhelming majority of people are clueless when it comes to distinguishing between summer and winter asphalt.

To them, it looks all the same. Thick black tar mixed in with small rocks to form a gluey, gravel-like coating for roads, driveways, and parking lots.

For experts, however, it’s a whole different ball game.

Professional paving experts at D&J know the difference between summer and winter asphalt like the back of their hand. They know about the different varieties of asphalt for different seasons and know which one to use for optimal paving results.

Click here to have our experts in Elsa assess your pavement assets to determine which type of asphalt would better suit its needs.

So, what’s the difference between summer and winter asphalt anyway? Let’s find out below!

Summer Asphalt

Summer asphalt, also known as hot asphalt, is a paving material that is usually only available from April to December. It is used mainly for much larger commercial paving projects like highways, public roads, and expansive parking lots.

But why is it called hot?

Good question.

Summer asphalt is always referred to as ‘hot’ asphalt simply because it is thoroughly and repeatedly heated at 300 degrees Fahrenheit before the application process.

Meaning, it is poured over a surface like molten lava to have a firmer grip on the ground. If applied cold, the asphalt mixture will not hold onto the surface strongly enough, and might even shift around after the cooling process has completed.

This is why in Elsa, Texas, paving projects always have diesel or propane heating equipment to continuously heat the asphalt before the final application.

Summer asphalt is only used during summer because the asphalt mixture requires a warm and dry ground to settle on. If not, the asphalt will not hold on to the ground and start moving and shifting around, creating a weak pavement.

Winter Asphalt

During the colder months, typically from January to March, winter asphalt is used for patching up broken pavement.

The reason why winter asphalt differs from summer asphalt is that asphalt tends to cool and solidify during winter.

This makes it hard to work on larger commercial paving projects like parking lots and driveways. Which can take forever to be completed since winter asphalt takes longer to cure and ‘settle in.’

This is also the reason why only smaller problem areas can be fixed. This includes small cracks, chips, and potholes.

But winter asphalt does bring its perks to the table.

Winter asphalt, unlike summer asphalt, doesn’t need to remain at a specific temperature to function. With that being said, it can be stored away for later paving projects, thereby saving you time and money on creating a new asphalt mixture from scratch.

Are you looking to construct a parking lot or public road during these summer months but don’t know who to go to? You have come to the right place at D&J!

We offer resurfacing, paving, and asphalt maintenance and repair services to get your business up and running! Click here to get in touch with our paving experts.