Top 3 Things That Affect Your Asphalt Pavement During The Winter Season

You may be quote fond of winter, but your Lakeland parking lot paving is surely not. Unknown to many, there are many adverse effects of the cold season on their asphalt pavements. It can be the cruelest season faced by asphalt pavements and owners are usually shocked to discover the number of things they have to get fixed during this time of the year.

Fortunately, understanding how the winter season can affect your pavement will help you address the problems even before they crop up. Here are the top three things that can affect your parking lot paving:

Freezing temperatures

It wouldn’t be such a concern for you if there is no water precipitation that will penetrate your pavement. But if there is, and you can almost be sure that there always is, then it can cause erosion on the pavement’s base.

This is the worst thing that can happen to an asphalt pavement–the constant freezing and thawing that occurs during winter causes the pavement to expand and contract. When it does, an upward pressure on the pavement erodes the base and the surface layer.

And when a thaw occurs, it can leave a space between the surface layer and the base. This is where water from rain and other sources seeps in and eventually forms cracks and potholes. The flowing water will make the pavement sag, which will further damage the base.


When you need to hire a contractor that will plow snow from your pavement, make sure to pay someone who has a wide range of experience and uses good quality equipment. An inexperienced snowplow operator can set the blade too low therefore, causing gouges to appear on the pavement. That is why it is important to check your contractor first before signing a contract with them.

Chemicals used on ice

During the winter season, chemical deicers and salt are spread on the snow for it to melt quicker. However, what most people don’t realize is that these chemicals can take a heavy toll on an already deteriorating asphalt or an asphalt pavement that is not protected by sealcoating. In fact, even those with sealcoating can still be affected in the worst way possible by these chemicals.

Traditional rock salt is not even effective for temperatures below 15 degrees, so it only increased the chances of the ice freezing and thawing on the asphalt pavement. This then opens up the opportunity for water penetration once the melted ice freezes and thaws.

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