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How Tampa’s Weather Can Damage Your Asphalt

How Tampa’s Weather Can Damage Your Asphalt

While, in general, most seek out Tampa’s weather for a vacation getaway, with bright sunshine and warm days, the extent at which the outside conditions can reach may cause some problems, instead of relaxation. Summer weather in Tampa can raise the temperatures to remain in the nineties and above. Sunny days can lead to intense light rays. The rainy season can result in hard downpours with a great deal of water left on the ground. These are just a few ways that Tampa weather can become more extreme, which leads to asphalt damage.

How Heat Damages Asphalt

When the summer days make the air much hotter, it causes the exposed asphalt on the surface to expand. Meanwhile, the lower layers of asphalt remain cooler, keeping contracted. This change in shape and difference in layers can cause cracking and fractures.

How Sunlight Damages Asphalt

UV rays cause a number of issues. Just as a brightly colored object would become bleached in the sunlight, asphalt fades over time under the sun. These rays also lead to deterioration in the structure, as well, weakening the surface, warping it and creating soft spots.

How Rain Damages Asphalt

While water from anything can lead to damage, the amount of rain in Tampa reaches levels that are damaging on its own. Since asphalt is porous, water can seep through the surface and into lower layers. Water erodes away at the material, breaking it down and causing cracks.

How to Protect Your Asphalt

Regular maintenance is key to ensuring that your asphalt is protected from the damaging qualities of Tampa’s weather. An immediate fix can include patching of specific areas where cracks or holes have appeared. Asphalt overlay can also be done to resurface your asphalt, keeping the surface from deteriorating further and protecting lower layers. Regularly sealing the surface can also add extra protection to already intact asphalt. If you would like to keep your asphalt looking new and remaining strong, contact Azzarelli Paving at 813-313-4579 or email us at for a free estimate on repairs and treatment.