Are you noticing some cracks or potholes in your driveway? You may be wondering if now is the best time to get some repaving work done. No two times of the year are the same when it comes to choosing the best time to repave and/or repair your asphalt. The team at Cassidy Paving can help you with your asphalt needs year-round, but we have recommendations on when the best time to pave is in order to get the best compaction and results that last for years to come.
The question we receive the most has to do with how frequently a driveway should be repaved or resealed. There’s no set amount of time that will be the same for each driveway. It will vary, but typically you should reseal every three to five years. Repaving, or resurfacing, should offer a solid investment if the asphalt is less than 20 years old and the subbase is still intact. If your foundation and subbase are still functioning properly, repaving with a resurface application will be a breeze. Older asphalt pavements, greater than 20 years old, with poor subbase conditions will require more investment of time and resources. Cassidy Corp can evaluate the amount of damage across the entire driveway to determine which solution is the right fit for you. One way we approach helping customers determine the best next step (between maintenance vs. repaving) is to consider if a surface has more than 30% damage. If that happens to be the case and the budget allows, it is a good time to think about repaving.
Best Time of Year?
Although asphalt is an amazing roadway material to use regardless of climate, there are certain times of the year when laying asphalt pavement is more successful. In Massachusetts, it can seem like winter can go on and on, but we know that your driveways cannot be neglected, regardless of how mother nature acts. Cassidy Paving always suggests waiting until warmer temperature to repave your driveway. There are real scientific reasons why this is better for your asphalt mix. The compaction of asphalt is the key to making sure it is useful for many years to come. Compaction cannot happen appropriately in cold weather. Asphalt Magazine summarizes the reasons by saying that “during cold weather, all things being equal, the asphalt mat will cool much faster than it will during warmer weather, shrinking the available compaction time.” Freezing and thawing cycles also have a lot to do with the settling and base of your asphalt.
Now that the warmer weather is upon us across Massachusetts, it is finally time to start those repaving projects. The best time of the year is always spring and summer. If you’ve been patching and repairing potholes throughout winter, don’t hesitate to reach out to start your more permanent fix.
The Time is Now
If you want to repave your driveway, there’s no better time than the present to get started. As the temperatures go up, Cassidy Paving is ready to start your asphalt project. This is the prime time of the year to get those paving projects completed. Give us a call today at 866-978-9788 to get your free estimate.