As winter approaches, it’s important for both residential and commercial property owners to understand the potential effects of winter weather on pavement. Metro Paving Inc, a trusted provider of asphalt paving and concrete installation in the Twin Cities Metro area since 1988, has extensive experience with the impact of winter weather on pavement. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various ways in which winter weather can affect pavement and the importance of proactive maintenance to protect your investment.   

Freeze-Thaw Cycling 

One of the most significant impacts of winter weather on pavement is the freeze-thaw cycle. When water seeps into cracks and joints in the pavement, it can freeze and expand during cold temperatures. This expansion puts pressure on the pavement, leading to cracks, potholes, and deterioration over time. Metro Paving Inc recommends regular inspections and prompt repairs to mitigate the effects of freeze-thaw cycling.  

De-Icing Chemicals 

To ensure safe travel during winter, de-icing chemicals such as salt and ice melt are commonly used on roads and pathways. While these chemicals effectively melt ice and snow, they can also have a detrimental impact on pavement. The continuous exposure to de-icers can lead to the deterioration of asphalt surfaces, causing cracks, spalling, and surface breakdown. Metro Paving Inc advises property owners to use de-icing chemicals responsibly and consider alternative methods, such as snow removal, to minimize the use of chemicals.   

Snowplow Damage 

Efficient snow removal is crucial for maintaining safe and accessible pavement during the winter season. However, the use of snowplows can inadvertently damage the surface of the pavement. Improper plowing techniques or the use of equipment with sharp edges can result in the removal of surface layers, causing ruts, gouges, and uneven surfaces. Metro Paving Inc suggests employing experienced and trained snow removal professionals who understand the best practices for protecting pavement surfaces. 

Water Infiltration 

When snow and ice melt, the resulting water can infiltrate cracks and joints in the pavement. If left unaddressed, this water can further damage the pavement’s structural integrity. It can penetrate beneath the surface, freeze, and expand, exacerbating cracks and leading to more significant issues. Regular maintenance, including crack sealing and sealcoating, is recommended by Metro Paving Inc to prevent water infiltration and subsequent damage.   

Reduced Durability 

Winter weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, moisture, and precipitation, can accelerate the aging process of pavement. As a result, the durability and lifespan of the pavement may be compromised. Regular inspections, proper drainage, and timely repairs performed by experts like Metro Paving Inc can help extend the life of the pavement and minimize the effects of winter weather. 


Understanding the impact of winter weather on pavement is essential for property owners to protect their investments and ensure safe and functional surfaces. Metro Paving Inc, with their decades of experience in the Twin Cities Metro area, offers expertise in asphalt paving and concrete installation, specializing in addressing the challenges posed by winter weather conditions. By taking proactive measures such as inspecting, repairing, and maintaining the pavement throughout the winter season, property owners can mitigate the effects of freeze-thaw cycling, de-icing chemicals, snow plow damage, water infiltration, and reduced durability.   

Contact Metro Paving Inc today to learn more about their professional asphalt paving services and how they can help you navigate and mitigate the impact of winter weather on your pavement.