The Winter Effect on Asphalt and Concrete Pavement
Importance of Regular Inspection and Maintenance
Winter can be harsh on paving surfaces, especially in areas like Vancouver, where temperatures fluctuate greatly, and de-icing agents are frequently used. Asphalt and concrete pavements are not immune to the effects of winter and can experience damage in the form of cracks, potholes, sinkholes, and faded markings. That is why it is important to check your pavement after and during a harsh winter to assess the damage and take appropriate action.
What Are the Winter Hazards that Damage Asphalt?
One of the primary causes of pavement damage during winter is temperature fluctuations. As temperatures drop, the asphalt and concrete surfaces contract, causing stress to build up in the material. When temperatures rise, the material expands, which can result in cracking or the formation of potholes. This repeated cycle of expansion and contraction over time can cause significant damage to the pavement surface.