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www.trentonpaving.com | Frequently Asked Questions > When is the best time to pave?

Air and surface temperature with asphalt mat thickness are vital in determining the time available for compaction.  If the asphalt mat cools too much before the desired compaction density is reached, strength and durability of the driveway will suffer. 

For instance, paving at 2 degrees centigrade is feasible for short straight driveways with access for the compaction roller immediately as the asphalt is laid.  Thicker mats of asphalt aid in prolonging effective compaction time.  On the other hand, wide driveways with complex shapes and many seams must have warmer temperatures to extend compaction time for joints.

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