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Question DetailsAsked on 1/2/2014

What is the best time of the year to install an asphalt driveway in northeast Ohio?

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The hotter the weather generally the better for small driveways. You see large parking lots and roads done in cooler weather but do to the scale of the job it is different. They usually use larger trucks and the bodies are often heated and when being laid it is mostly machine work so the product does not cool down that fast and it is rolled right away. On a driveway usually the trucks, crew and equipment is smaller and you are better in hot weather so it can be rolled and compacted properly. I have seen a few done in cold weather but I would avoid it if possible plus if you get any snow you may get damage from plowing.


Answered 4 years ago by ContractorDon


The Asphalt Paving Handbook, essentially the asphalt paving bible, recommends not less than 40 degrees air temp (in the shade) during placement for base layer (if a multi layered pavement) and 50 degrees for top or final or only layer, and 60 degrees if a skim recoat less than 1-1/2" thick.

In colder areas sometimes a "cold mix" is used at the cooler ends of summer to extend the paving season (and for repairs) - this can be placed down to 40 degrees if you work fast so it does not start setting up before you are done rolling it, but 50 degrees minimum is recommended.

Also - avoid your rainy season for better product - a dry subgrade is better because it is stiffer and does not cool the asphalt from the bottom so fast, and less chance of rain cooling the mix too fast. A very light drizzle is OK, but anything constant or that you would call a rain shower is cause to cease work.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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