It is a well-known fact that a blacktop surface can get extremely hot in the summer, but many homeowners don't know that those surface temperatures can actually soar to 158 degrees. This temperature is easily enough to burn barefoot feet or your pet's paws if they happen to traverse onto the surface at the hottest part of the day. This can be a lot of concern in itself if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your family, but the heat can also cause other problems as well, such as elevating the interior temperature of parked cars and even making it harder to keep your home cool. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to lower the temperature of a blacktop drive in the heat of summer.
Make use of mature trees and shrubs for shade.
Your blacktop gets to astounding temperatures because it basically absorbs the heat from the direct sunlight continuously. If you have ever stepped in a shaded area of a blacktop drive with a bare foot, you already know how much of a difference a little shade can make. Visit a local greenhouse and ask about mature shrubbery or trees that you could use to shield some of the summer sun that is beating down on your drive. Low maintenance shrubbery and greenery can also help to absorb some of the excess heat that reflects from the surface.
Have your blacktop professionally coated with a reflective coating.
If you have ever been to a public parking area or location and noticed that their blacktop was not black at all, you may have experienced reflective asphalt coating. This is a technique that is just gaining in popularity but is designed to reflect heat away from the surface of ordinary asphalt. The light color does not absorb as much heat and will also give your drive an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Provide air circulation around the driveway or spray it with cool water.
It sounds like an odd thing to do, but in a snap, if you need to cool off your blacktop you can sometimes make a difference be providing air circulation. If you have a heavy-duty fan that can be propped up in your garage or around your drive, the extra air circulation will help to alleviate some of the heat that is rising from the surface. You could also spray the drive down with a hose for a quick cooling effect.
For further assistance, contact local driveway paving professionals.