3 Tips for Protecting Your Asphalt in the Winter

When it comes to laying, maintaining, and repairing your asphalt, every season comes with its own obstacles. Summertime, for instance, often has excellent weather for putting down asphalt and coating, but the intensity of the sun’s rays can also cause asphalt to crack.

Winter comes with its own challenges, and not necessarily because of the cold temperatures, either. Due to the winter’s continuous freeze-thaw cycle, water often pools on asphalt surfaces, which not only compromises the structural integrity but can also cause cracks as the water re-freezes and expands. Generally, hot-mix asphalt is used in cold climates, as it is engineered to withstand such freeze-thaw cycles.


From our team at Stanley Paving, your prime commercial paving company for Northeast Philadelphia, have a look at some of our tips for protecting your asphalt this winter season.


  1. Apply seal coating
    Generally, you should only apply seal coating with nightly temperatures over 50 degrees, so while January may not be the best time to schedule a sealing, be sure to keep it in mind for spring so that you’re prepared for the following winter.


  1. Clear your pavement before a big storm
    Having your asphalt thoroughly cleared of any debris can go a long way in being prepared for winter snow storms. Not only will it give you the chance to discover any structural issues with your pavement, but you can also make the snowplows’ job a little easier by removing any heavy debris that could get in the way.


  1. Shovel snow regularly
    One of the biggest favors you can do for your asphalt is to prevent water from pooling, and the easiest way to do so is to regularly shovel any snow or slush. If you have a large parking lot that needs some heavy-duty snow removal, our snow removal and parking lot maintenance for New Jersey can help you out.  


If you’re interested in learning more about how to maintain and protect your asphalt and the benefits of professional snow removal, we would love to hear from you! Contact our team at Stanley Paving today by calling 1-844-BLACKTOP.