If you're tired of hitting potholes each time you pull into or out of your driveway, you may know it's time to repave—but the last thing you want to do is schedule your project for a time of year when the weather will leave your fresh pavement looking worse than when you started. And unless you have a tremendous amount of scaffolding available, protecting your newly paved driveway from precipitation, wind-blown debris, and other outdoor factors can be all but impossible. What times of year are ideal for a repaving project, and when should you put off pouring your new concrete or asphalt until conditions improve?
The Best Times of Year to Pave Your Asphalt or Concrete Driveway
Because both concrete and asphalt can react with water while they're curing, it's always best to schedule repaving for a sunny day with low humidity and no projected rain, sleet, or snowfall. Asphalt is mixed at very high temperatures, so pouring a new asphalt driveway or a surface layer when it's below freezing outside can use far more fuel (and therefore, cost more) than if you schedule the process for a sunny day when the outdoor temperature is 60 degrees or higher. In most parts of the country, this can include spring, early summer, and early fall; northern states may be able to maintain asphalt paving temperatures into mid-summer.
Although it can be helpful to have a solid plan for when you're going to repave your driveway, it's important to be flexible. You may want to schedule this project over a long weekend to give yourself (or your contractors) time to adjust if a sudden pop-up thunderstorm occurs or if high winds make it likely your freshly paved driveway will end up with stick and leaf imprints. Don't feel pressured to get the project done when outdoor conditions aren't ideal, as rushing the process could leave you with a substandard result.
Other Factors to Consider
After your driveway is paved, you won't be able to drive, park, or sometimes even walk on it until it's cured. This process can take anywhere from a day to several days, depending on outdoor temperature and humidity, the chemical composition of the asphalt used, and the depth and compaction of your new driveway. If your neighborhood prohibits street parking, you may want to make some other arrangements (like borrowing part of a neighbor's driveway) to ensure you aren't tempted to use your own too soon.
If you're ready to have your driveway paved, contact a paving company like New England Paving. The company you choose will work with you to choose the best day.