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Winter and Its Effects on Asphalt

As any motorist will tell you, asphalt paving in Pennsylvania can present distinct driving challenges during the winter. Aside from the prospect of reduced visibility due to snow and fog, the road itself can be slippery and make it difficult to control a vehicle. By understanding how cold weather conditions can change asphalt, you will be better prepared to take the appropriate actions to keep the roads safe.

Asphalt and Cold Temperatures

Changes in temperature are one of the most common causes of pavement damage. That’s because the presence of very cold or low temperatures in Pennsylvania causes asphalt to expand and contract and increases the likelihood of cracks.  Cracks are also the biggest factors that accelerate the wear and tear of asphalt pavement. It compromises the level surface of roads and parking lots.

Wet Weather and Freezing

Freezing rain, hail, and snow can damage asphalt further. Water can seep into the pavement’s under-layer and accelerate erosion, which can lead to potholes. In addition, water can collect and freeze in existing cracks and widen them.

Winter always brings the risk of damage to your asphalt pavement. Considering these factors, it is important to address damage to your asphalt paving and request repairs as quickly as possible.