Can You Asphalt Pave Your Driveway in Winter?

One of the most commonly asked questions in regards to asphalt is whether or not you can asphalt pave a driveway in the winter. The simple answer is it depends on whether or not the ground is frozen. 

In the spring and summer, the warmer temperatures help the asphalt mixture maintain a specific temperature that keeps is a pliable consistency. Colder temperatures may shorten the asphalt installation time which impacts the asphalt’s stability. If the hot asphalt is poured onto the frozen ground, then the material will quickly start to stiffen and freeze. 

However, if the outside temperature is below freezing but the ground isn’t frozen just yet, then you can have a contractor install the asphalt driveway. Frozen grounds will affect the asphalt, however freezing air will have little impact on it.

To recap, asphalt is best to be installed in the spring and summer months as it will have time to properly set. The warmer temperature helps the mixture maintain its stability. The best temperature to apply and install asphalt is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Whether you live in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Kent or anywhere in between, if you need residential asphalt paving, asphalt driveway maintenance, seal coating or crack filling and repair, Roads Paving covers all your needs! Contact us today for more information. 

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