Once your driveway begins to show its age it’s time to start thinking about an update. If maintained properly, driveways do have the ability to last. It will get to a certain point, however, where constant repairs won’t be worth it anymore. Unlike other home improvement projects, repaving your driveway should be done during a specific season for the best results. Read on to find out when the best time to repave your driveway is.
The process of installing a new driveway is heavily reliant on the temperature of both the air and the ground. When installing an asphalt driveway, you must let it cure for sometime after (read here for tips on how to best maintain your asphalt driveway). The curing process is needed as the asphalt goes on hot, requiring time for it to cool down and mold correctly. In fact, your freshly paved driveway is prone to impression marks up to a year after the installation.
The Best Time To Repave Your Driveway
So, when is the best time to repave your driveway? During the warmer months. The most ideal time would be during the late spring and into summer. However, spring, summer and early fall are all viable times as long as the temperature doesn’t drop too low.
When the temperature of the air and ground are warm it allows the materials to be worked with more easily. This allows installers to evenly pave the driveway as well as allowing time for it to cool properly. In colder temperatures, the hot material cools down at a faster rate, leaving installers with thick, unspreadable material. This can result in uneven paving and even cause the driveway to harden before work is complete. When installed in colder temperatures, you’re going to be left with an uneven, cracking driveway soon after. This driveway will require years of maintenance and even the need to redo the work.
If installed during the right time, you will have a driveway that’s built to last for years to come. When it’s time to have your driveway replaced, be sure to take into consideration the season, and if needed, wait until spring, summer, or fall to complete the project. Connect with a pro to plan for your project today.