Asphalt driveway contractors may not do much work in the winter, but we always have plenty of work as soon as the snows thaw. Why? Because people failed to winterize their asphalt driveways and parking lots, leading to cracks and potholes that need to be repaired!
Asphalt is strong and able to resist a lot of different types of weather, but nothing is truly impervious. Winter is the hardest season for asphalt, particularly in areas which get a lot of rain/snow mixtures. These can seep into even the smallest cracks, then freeze and cause the crack to widen. Asphalt is also more susceptible to impact damage in the winter as well.
So, we have some tips for keeping your driveway in good condition during the cold months!
Asphalt Driveway Contractors Offer Tips for Winterizing Your Driveway
- Before freezing weather hits
Winterization should ideally begin while it’s still relatively warm, and it should start with a very close examination of your existing asphalt. If you see any cracks, even small cracks, now is the time to get them repaired. It’s absolutely guaranteed that they will be larger -and more expensive- if you wait until spring. If at all possible, have this done before temperatures start dropping below freezing. Otherwise, successful patching becomes more difficult.
Once you’ve taken care of any cracks or holes, the best practice is to sealcoat the top of your asphalt. Sealcoating is the best safety measure to protect against winter damage, as it will prevent most or all moisture from getting into the asphalt itself. Sealcoat should be applied every 2-3 years for best results.
- After the freeze
Once it’s properly cold, there are a couple things you can do to help protect your asphalt driveway or parking lot.
First, try to avoid salt. Salt will eat through your sealcoating, as well as into the asphalt itself. It’s best to use shoveling or light snowplows. Or else, look for salt alternatives. They’re a little more expensive, but you’ll save money on repairs.
Also, try to limit how much heavy equipment drives on your asphalt. Heavy loads will encourage cracks and potholes that are forming and patching them in the middle of winter will be very difficult.
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