What Happens to Pavement When Water Freezes and Thaws

It happens every year. As it gets colder outside, cracks and potholes appear more frequently. It isn’t rocket science, but it is regular science. The simple cycle of water freezing and ice thawing can do some serious damage to asphalt. Ask about our seal coating service in Philadelphia and New Jersey to avoid having to worry about this cycle.

Why Should I Worry About Water Freezing?

  • Water freezes when it’s less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Ice melts when it’s more than 32 degrees Fahrenheit

Let’s say there was a snowstorm resulting in an accumulation of four inches. A few days later, the temperature goes up to the 40s, so the piles of snow start to melt. The water flows into the open cracks in the pavement. When it goes back down under 32 at night, the water that is now in those cracks, freezes. When water freezes, it expands. This expansion widens and deepens these cracks. As automobiles drive on it, the pavement will continue to weaken, ultimately, and potentially causing it to fail much earlier than it should.

Is It Time To Call Stanley Paving?

With the temperature constantly fluctuating as it tends to do in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas, it’s ideal to repair your driveway or parking lot surface as soon as you notice the formation of cracks. Applying a seal coat can significantly extend the life of the pavement. It will prevent water from gaining access to cracks, defend against the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and protect from oil spills and gas leaks.

What If It’s Too Late?

When asphalt cracks aren’t repaired, they can quickly expand in just a few weeks. Eventually, they can start to form potholes, which aren’t just inconvenient but also incredibly dangerous. If there is a pothole in your parking lot, expect to receive many complaints from customers. They commonly cause flat tires. People are forced to drive out of their lanes to avoid them. It’s just a bad situation that is much better avoided.

If your asphalt requires paving in Philadelphia or your commercial property in New Jersey requires sealcoating, don’t hesitate to call us at Stanley Paving. Dial 866-938-6736 and ask us for a free estimate.