How Can Winter Weather Make My Asphalt Cracks Worse?


If you have a driveway or parking lot that hasn’t seen maintenance in a while, chances are that you’ve noticed more than a few cracks beginning to make their way into your asphalt. As the owner, you might be tempted just to ignore it. After all, are a few cracks really worth going through all the trouble of new asphalt paving in Philadelphia and finding the right company to do the job?

Unfortunately, thanks to the impending winter season, you may have less time to repair these cracks than you think. Harsh winter weather can easily leave you with more cracks after the snow melts in the spring.

Increased pavement cracking in the winter comes down to a little chemistry involving water temperature and how water freezes. In the winter, water often comes in as freezing rain and settles into ice after it has dripped down into the cracks in your pavement. As anyone who has ever had an ice-cold glass of water knows, water tends to take up more space as it freezes. This is why ice cubes float in a glass full of water.

When freezing rain drips into the cracks in your pavement and freezes, the water expands into ice and further cracks the pavement during its transformation. This can leave you with bigger cracks that are more time-consuming to repair when you take another look at your driveway or parking lot next season.

So, how can you protect yourself and your pavement from excess ice damage this winter? Our seal coating service in Philadelphia can help prevent cracks from expanding by preventing water from getting in.

If you’re looking to keep your paved surfaces safe this winter, don’t wait any longer, give our team at Stanley Paving a call today at 866-938-6736 for more information or to schedule an appointment.