We all know that the cold Calgary winters can sometimes get a little extreme. Asphalt and cold weather don’t necessarily mix well and wet, freezing weather can dramatically shorten an asphalt pavement or driveway’s useable life. Luckily, with the right knowledge, planning, and proper maintenance, you can help your asphalt stay in great shape for years to come.

To help you ensure your asphalt lasts the winter, we’ll be going through the effects of cold weather on asphalt and what can be done to protect it.

Asphalt and Cold Weather

The main cause of cold weather damage to asphalt is moisture. When it’s first laid and sealed, asphalt is essentially waterproof thanks to the oils used in asphalt sealers and mixes. But without proper maintenance, the asphalt’s seal and topcoat eventually wear away and the surface becomes more susceptible to water damage.

With all the snow and hail winter brings along with it, moisture and precipitation can gradually seep into poorly maintained asphalt and cause cracks to form. Moreover, with a lack of sunshine to dry things out, water tends to pool in these cracks and eventually freezes — and that’s where the real damage is done.   

Asphalt and Freezing Temperatures

Freezing temperatures can cause water trapped in cracks and under asphalt surfaces to freeze. In turn, the freezing water expands and widens these cracks, significantly damaging the asphalt surface in the process. As the larger cracks go through the same cycle of freezing and expansion, the asphalt surface gradually crumbles away, exposing the subbase to the elements. If you’re lucky, you’ll be faced with a few minor repairable potholes. If left unchecked, however, water can seep further into the subbase, constantly freezing, expanding, cracking, and crumbling until the only solution is to completely remove and replace the existing pavement.

Fortunately for you, we at Holloway Paving use commercial-grade hot mix asphalt for all our asphalt paving projects and a hot pour rubberized filler when filling cracks to minimize the effects cold weather has on asphalt.

Hot-Mix Asphalt in Calgary                                                

Hot-mix asphalt is commonly used in areas that go through extreme temperature changes throughout the year, like Calgary. Designed to withstand these extreme temperatures, hot-mix asphalt is the most durable type of asphalt and holds up better to freezing and thawing than other types. Hot-mix asphalt is also more resistant to road salt and readily absorbs heat, allowing it to melt ice and snow quicker. This, in turn, helps minimize any damage caused by freezing water seeping through cracks.

Protecting Your Asphalt from Cold Weather

There’s a number of things you can do to protect your asphalt from cold weather. For starters, ensure you shovel your asphalt surfaces regularly, since getting rid of excess snow prevents moisture and precipitation from seeping through. Pay special attention to any areas where water seems to pool and check them or have a professional asphalt contractor assess them for any signs of cracks or wear. Be sure to have any cracks or potholes repaired as soon as possible.

By far, the best way to protect your asphalt from cold weather is to have it laid and regularly maintained by a reliable contractor. Contact Holloway Paving today to find out more about what we can do to protect your asphalt from cold weather and get a free quote on any of our services.

Asphalt is a great choice for driveways, paths, parking lots, and roads. It’s durable, cost-effective, and can last for years if properly maintained. However, no matter how well you look after it, every asphalt surface will eventually develop cracks or other damage requiring an asphalt repair.

More than just an eyesore, damaged asphalt can even pose safety risks and damage any vehicles that drive over it, so it’s important that it’s repaired as soon as possible. Here, we’ll be taking a look at 5 of the most common asphalt repairs.


Out of all the asphalt repairs listed here, asphalt patching is by far the simplest and most cost-effective solution. It’s ideal for repairing minor damage and involves patching over small, shallow holes with a hot asphalt mix. The main purpose of an asphalt patch is to prevent water from penetrating the surface of the asphalt and causing further damage. This means that patches need to be applied as soon as any damage is noticed to prevent the damage from spreading and requiring a more comprehensive asphalt repair.

Crack Filling

Cracks in asphalt usually happen when the surface can’t expand or contract in line with temperature changes. Like asphalt patching, crack filling is vital to maintaining the longevity of your asphalt and protecting it against further damage. It’s a process that involves pouring a hot rubberized filler into cracks to prevent water from penetrating them and weakening the gravel sub-base. Bear in mind, however, that the effectiveness of crack filling largely depends on the type of filler used. At Holloway Paving, we use a commercial-grade hot pour rubberized filler to ensure a long-lasting solution.

Seal coating

Asphalt surfaces are often sealed with a sealer to protect them and give them a deep black finish. The seal acts as a protective and sacrificial layer that protects asphalt against water, oil, and weather exposure. Because of this, seal coatings will need to be touched up or reapplied as the surface ages and the elements take their toll on the sealant. Combined with high-quality equipment and the expertise of a professional asphalt repair company, applying a fresh seal coating or resealing your asphalt surface is a cost-effective way to extend its usable life and keep it looking good.


More than just a simple asphalt repair, resurfacing involves applying a new layer of tar to the existing pavement and adding a new layer of asphalt on top. Despite it being a comprehensive repair, however, resurfacing should not be seen as a cure-all and more extensive damage might require the surface to be completely removed and replaced. This is why you should always have any asphalt damage assessed by a trustworthy asphalt maintenance and repair contractor. Nevertheless, resurfacing asphalt is often still the best solution to breathe new life into an old or worn-out asphalt surface.

Pothole Repairs

Potholes are holes caused by weak areas in the gravel sub-base shifting and dislodging chunks of the pavement. Over time, the weight of vehicles passing over potholes and moisture penetrating the asphalt can cause the surface to break down even further, to the extent where potholes could pose serious safety hazards. Therefore, it’s essential that potholes are quickly repaired. The pothole repair process is similar to asphalt patching and, like all other asphalt repairs, its effectiveness is largely based on choosing the right asphalt paving contractor to carry out the work.

Asphalt Repairs by Calgary’s Most Trusted Paving Company

Asphalt surfaces are by no means small investments and require regular maintenance and repairs by trusted asphalt experts. Here at Holloway Paving, we’ve established a reliable reputation through our quality workmanship and dedication to customer service over the last 20+ years and are proud to be Calgary’s most trusted paving company. Get in touch today to find out more about our asphalt repair services in Calgary.

Is your asphalt driveway or parking lot looking worse for wear? When was the last time you had it assessed by a professional asphalt paving contractor? If it’s been a while since your asphalt received some professional TLC, you might be considering whether it’s better to repair the asphalt or replace it altogether.

While your decision on whether to repair or replace asphalt should ideally follow a proper assessment and advice from a qualified contractor, it’s important to keep in mind a few key factors before shelling out your hard-earned cash on a quick repair or a complete asphalt replacement. In this post, we’ll be briefly covering what both an asphalt repair and replacement involve.

Asphalt Repair

Asphalt repairs include everything from patching, pothole repairs, and crack filling to complete resurfacing. However, repairing or resurfacing asphalt isn’t as simple as it sounds and whether it’s even possible depends on several factors including:

  • The extent of the damage.
  • The area that needs to be repaired.
  • Foundation damage.
  • Age of the existing asphalt.  

Repairs or patches are typically only worthwhile for small cracks and shallow potholes. Asphalt resurfacing is often the most cost-effective solution to repair multiple surface-level issues and rejuvenate old, worn-out asphalt.

Asphalt Replacement

Asphalt replacement is generally necessary incases where the cost of repairing the surface exceeds the cost of replacing it. While it may be the more expensive option, it’s worth noting that a professional asphalt replacement essentially provides you with a brand-new driveway or parking lot free of any surface or foundation damage.

Asphalt replacement is usually required when:

  • Over 30% of the asphalt surface is damaged.
  • The foundation is unstable or irreparably damaged.
  • The asphalt is past its prime and no longer economical to repair or maintain.

Due to the significant cost involved and potential long-term maintenance issues that may arise if an asphalt surface isn’t replaced when it should be, it’s highly advisable to immediately schedule an appointment with an asphalt professional if you suspect your driveway or parking lot needs replacement.

Work with Calgary’s Asphalt Experts

Now that you have a better understanding of asphalt repairs and replacements, you should be able to better determine whether you need a repair or replacement. Of course, if you’re still unsure or would rather have a professional assess the best course of action to take, get in touch with Holloway Paving today for a free consultation for your home, business, community, or commercial property.

Experienced property managers and business owners know all too well that a worn-out parking lot is not only unsightly but also poses an unnecessary liability risk. Thankfully, natural wear and tear of your asphalt parking lot can easily be mitigated, and parking lot maintenance doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. In this post, we’ve put together a list of four easy parking lot maintenance tips to help you keep your parking lot at its best.

Regularly Clean Your Parking Lot

Regularly cleaning your parking lot is one of the easiest things you can do to help keep it in top shape. Dirt and debris look bad and can even damage vehicles entering and exiting your lot, so even something as simple as sweeping every so often can help prevent premature wear and unexpected damages.

Inspect for Damage

Remember that even seemingly small cracks or chips can develop over time and result in expensive repairs, so do yourself a favor and take a walk around your parking lot now and then. You will want to inspect your asphalt as well as your concrete including sidewalks, curbs, and wheel stops. Uneven, chipped, and broken surfaces are tripping hazards and can result in costly insurance claims. If you’re not sure what to look for or whether any damage spotted warrants cause for concern, it’s always best to call in a professional to assess your parking lot.  

Keep Your Asphalt Sealed & Cracks Filled

You’ll also want to make sure you seal and have any cracks filled in your asphalt parking lot every few years to maximize its usable life. Repainting worn lines and signs helps freshen it up, but resealing and crackfilling asphalt is best left to an experienced asphalt paving company to ensure that your asphalt remains well protected.

Hire a Professional

Your parking lot is the first impression many customers get of your business, so it pays to keep it well-maintained. We understand that some companies may be preoccupied with dealing with other aspects of their business, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to let your lot fall into disrepair. If you haven’t got the time to properly maintain your parking lot or simply want to make sure any maintenance is done right, we’d recommend hiring a professional paving company to handle your parking lot maintenance.

Maintaining your parking lot is about more than just keeping it clean and in working order — it’s about protecting your investment and reputation. Contact Holloway Paving today for more information on our asphalt and concrete maintenance and repair services.

If you’re looking to install a new driveway or replace your old, worn-out one, chances are you’ll need to choose between a concrete and an asphalt driveway. While both materials can be used to lay a durable and attractive driveway, there’s more to choosing between them than meets the eye.

Both concrete and asphalt have their pros and cons worth keeping in mind and, in this post, we’ll be taking a look at three major considerations when choosing between a concrete and an asphalt driveway. Read on to find out more.


The first thing you’ll notice when you’re pulling up to any driveway is the way it looks, so we might as well start from there. Also known as “blacktop,” asphalt is, for the most part, black. Asphalt needs to be rolled and compressed during installation, which leaves little room for patterns, textures, or stamping.  

Concrete, on the other hand, comes in a wide range of colors and is an overall stronger material. This lends well to homeowners looking to spice up their driveway with a textured finish or match it to their home’s color scheme. Looks may be subjective, but as far as customizability and finishing possibilities go concrete is the clear winner.


An asphalt driveway is still considerably cheaper than a concrete driveway. Of course, the overall cost of your new driveway depends on factors like where you live, the difficulty of the job, and the size of your driveway; but, in general, an asphalt driveway costs less than a concrete driveway. Moreover, asphalt’s lower cost makes it a cheaper material to install, repair, and maintain — which brings us to our next point.


Unless it cracks, concrete usually lasts longer than asphalt and is a more durable material. Asphalt is softer and requires more maintenance, including resealing every couple of years. Despite this, it’s easier and cheaper to repair and patch an asphalt driveway than it is to repair a concrete one. While it’s possible to patch cracked concrete, any major cracks or damage usually mean that the entire driveway will eventually need to repoured, whereas it’s much easier to apply a new asphalt topcoat over an existing one.

In any case, a well-maintained and professionally installed driveway should last you a couple of decades. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a driveway material that’s easy and cheap to maintain and repair, then asphalt is the way to go.  

Both concrete and asphalt are great materials for your driveway and ultimately, the final decision rests with you. Whichever material you end up choosing, be sure to consult and hire a professional paving contractor to ensure you’ve made the right choice. Reach out to us today to find out more about the differences between concrete and asphalt driveways and the pros and cons of each.

Newly applied asphalt paving has a great effect on the appearance and appeal of your driveway or parking lot. The smooth, matte black finish looks great and driving on newly applied asphalt is a pleasurable experience not often found on our Calgary roads

However, in time that feeling fades, and the asphalt begins to look worn and in need of repair. This is detrimental to the positive effect asphalt paving brings, but it can be easily rejuvenated with one simple fix:

An asphalt paving overlay provided by a professional paving company in Calgary

So why do you need asphalt paving services?

Asphalt Paving Overlays Rejuvenates the Look of Your Pavement

One of the reasons for asphalt paving overlays that we have touched on already is the benefit they bring to the overall aesthetics of your pavement. They bring back the delight you felt upon your original paving being completed, and they will certainly be noticed by customers and visitors to your property. 


Asphalt Paving Overlays Prevent Unnecessary Damage to Vehicles

Once asphalt begins to degrade, it is a slippery slope before things turn from bad to worse. For instance, cracks will quickly grow in size, and when there is insufficient support on the lower layers, potholes will start to form. This can cause serious damage to the suspension of vehicles, not to mention the increased tripping hazard it can cause for those walking on foot. 

Asphalt Paving Overlays are Cost-Effective

Perhaps the best selling feature of an asphalt paving overlay, installed by a qualified paving company in Calgary, is the cost-effectiveness of the repair. To replace an asphalt pavement system means removing the old material, flattening the earth again, and the labor and materials to install a new asphalt layer. 

Conversely, with an asphalt paving overlay, a new layer of asphalt is installed over a layer of hot adhesive tar, and the process is complete! It is a simpler, quicker process that gives you the same aesthetic value without all of the hassles. 

Now it is clear for all to see the advantages of an asphalt paving overlay. So, if this quick-n-easy process appeals to you, contact a suitably qualified professional paving company in Calgary to begin the process today.

Holloway Paving Ltd. is your trusted paving company in Calgary. As a generational company, we derive value from providing our customers with the most personal and professional experience. We have assisted commercial, residential, industrial and municipal clients with high-quality paving services. When you need something done in regards to paving, asphalt repair or asphalt paving in Calgary, we are the team for you. Call Holloway Paving today at (403) 975-3030 to request a complimentary consultation for your community, business, or commercial property.