Asphalt pavement is a common material used in road construction and maintenance. But can asphalt pavement melt? This has been the subject of much debate over the years, with some claiming that it can melt under certain conditions while others insist that it cannot.

You may have noticed pieces of your driveway have started to look misshapen or uneven. This is either some kind of pressure-related damage from the weight on the asphalt, undergrowth from the elements, or melting from intense heat. In any case, here are some tips on identifying damaged asphalt.

In this article, we will explore both sides of the argument to determine if asphalt pavement really does have melting capabilities or not. We will look at scientific evidence as well as anecdotal accounts to get an idea of what experts believe about this subject and how people are dealing with it on a practical level.

By looking at all available information, we can come to a better understanding of whether or not asphalt pavement is capable of melting.

When does asphalt begin to melt?


Asphalt will begin to melt from anything above 120 degrees. Keep in mind: this will also include the heat that the asphalt absorbs, which may rise to far above 120 degrees. Unfortunately, you cannot do much to avoid this. If your asphalt is melting from the heat, it’s likely due to the elements of your area. Aside from putting up some kind of covering or tarp, there’s very little you can do.


Luckily, this rarely becomes a withstanding issue. You often won’t see it create that much of an issue unless the pavement begins to become uneven and create a hazard.


Damaged asphalt from the undergrowth


Foundational damage tied to asphalt being exposed to natural elements will damage its sturdiness. Be aware of this as a homeowner, as well as the volume of its usage.


If you are unsure about the growth surrounding your asphalt and how the heat is impacting it, give us a call today. We’ll assess how your asphalt has been damaged and what you can do to improve it.