3 Common Asphalt Paving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

M Wells Asphalt
May 23, 2024

Asphalt paving is a significant investment that can greatly enhance the appearance and functionality of your property. However, making mistakes during the paving process can lead to costly repairs and a shorter lifespan for your pavement. At M Wells Asphalt, we’ve identified three common asphalt paving mistakes and how to avoid them.

Inadequate Surface Preparation

One of the most frequent mistakes in asphalt paving is inadequate surface preparation. A poorly prepared base can lead to weak spots, cracks, and potholes. Proper surface preparation involves removing any existing pavement, debris, and vegetation. The subgrade should be compacted, and a suitable base material, like crushed stone, should be added and compacted to create a solid foundation. Ensuring a well-prepared base will provide a strong foundation for your asphalt surface. Learn more about our asphalt paving services to see how we ensure thorough preparation.

Incorrect Asphalt Temperature

Paving with asphalt at the wrong temperature is another common issue. Asphalt needs to be at the correct temperature for proper compaction and bonding. If it’s too cold, it won’t compact properly, leading to weak spots. If it’s too hot, it can become too fluid, resulting in an uneven surface. Maintaining the optimal temperature, typically between 275°F and 300°F, is crucial. At M Wells Asphalt, we use advanced equipment to ensure the asphalt mix is at the perfect temperature during application.

Poor Drainage Planning

Poor drainage planning can lead to water accumulation on the asphalt surface, causing cracks and potholes over time. Effective drainage is critical to prolonging the life of your asphalt. Designing the asphalt surface with the proper slope and installing drainage systems like catch basins can help manage water effectively. At M Wells Asphalt, we prioritize proper drainage planning in all our projects to ensure long-lasting results. For more details, visit our pothole repair services to see how we address water-related damage.


Avoiding these common asphalt paving mistakes can significantly enhance the performance and longevity of your pavement. By ensuring proper surface preparation, maintaining the correct asphalt temperature, and planning for adequate drainage, you can achieve a durable and aesthetically pleasing result. At M Wells Asphalt, we are dedicated to providing superior quality and expertise in every project. Contact us today for a free estimate and let our experienced team handle your asphalt paving needs. Visit our contact page to get started.

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