Let’s face it, your driveway takes a beating. It’s walked on and driven on daily not to mention it’s constantly exposed to the elements. With fall here and winter just a few short months away, now is the time to prepare your asphalt driveway to survive the winter weather. Taking a few precautionary steps now will help you avoid major issues from popping up in the spring.
Repair Cracks and Sealcoat
If your driveway has cracks, they should be sealed well before the cooler temperatures arrive. When water seeps in and freezes, it expands and can turn even minor cracks into major ones.
Cracks in your asphalt driveway should be filled and then the driveway should be sealcoated.
Sealcoating can only be done when the overnight temperatures remain at 50 degrees or above. If the temperatures have fallen below that, you should schedule your sealcoating for the spring. However, those cracks should still be filled with cold mix asphalt before winter weather arrives.
Beware of Pooling Water
Small valleys on your asphalt driveway that allow water to collect, can turn into potholes by spring. Like cracks, potential potholes should be repaired before they become a more serious problem. Not only are potholes in your asphalt driveway unsightly but they can cause falls and injuries. If the temperatures have dropped below 50 degrees and it is too late in the season to make repairs, schedule asphalt repair service for the spring.
Clear Your Driveway of Debris
Before the snow falls, your asphalt driveway should be cleaned to remove any debris. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it will make it easier to see cracks and any other issues that may need to be addressed. The second reason is when debris freezes to asphalt, it can create the potential for injury or damage to your driveway. A stone frozen to the driveway could be enough to throw someone off balance when stepped on and cause them to fall. The same stone caught by a snow shovel or plow could break loose and end up taking a piece of your driveway with it. That small ding in your driveway will allow the water in and turn it into a pothole by spring.
Once the snow falls, it’s important to keep your asphalt driveway shoveled and clear of snow. This can help prevent water damage as the snow melts. Allowing snow to remain on the driveway will result in the pooling of water in any existing valleys, cracks, or potholes. If that water freezes, the damage will be worse.
Choose De-Icer Carefully
Traditionally, the go-to choice for de-icing a driveway was rock salt. However, it can be harsh on the environment and your asphalt driveway. There are a couple of better options when trying to clear your driveway of ice and snow. First, make sure to shovel thoroughly. Then you can apply ice melt or de-icer. Ice melt is made from calcium chloride and typically looks like tiny white pellets, but you should always read the label to be sure of the product’s ingredients. It is effective in extreme temperatures and should be used sparingly to prevent any driveway damage. One of the best choices for de-icing your driveway is to use products made of magnesium chloride. It is safe for both concrete and asphalt surfaces and melts the ice quickly with little impact on the environment.
The Asphalt Driveway Professionals
Conducting asphalt repairs before the temperatures drop too low is your best line of defense against the ravages of winter. However, whether you do repairs before the cold weather arrives or wait until spring, Certified Asphalt has you covered.
We provide full-service commercial and residential asphalt paving services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, seal coating, and pavement maintenance. Family owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!