How to Protect an Asphalt Driveway at Your Seasonal Cabin or Cottage

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How to Protect an Asphalt Driveway at Your Seasonal Cabin or Cottage

28 March 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles

If you have a cabin or cottage that you use as a vacation home, then you know the importance of setting up systems to keep your property in good condition even when you're not there. This importance extends to the asphalt driveway that leads onto your property. When you're not there to observe it every day, you need to tape steps to keep in in good shape so it does not develop cracks or pot holes. Here are some simple steps you can take to satisfy these goals.

Apply a liquid ice melting product.

If you let layer after layer of snow fall on the driveway before you finally arrive and plow it one weekend, there will be a lot of ice buildup due to freezing and thawing cycles. This ice may not come away when you plow, so you're at risk of slipping or sliding on it. Plus, ice formation is not good for your driveway, since the water will work its way into small cracks and make them larger when it expands and freezes.

An easy way to keep ice buildup at bay is to apply a liquid ice-proofing product to the driveway. Do this in the late fall before the snow starts flying. Usually, the product will come in a spray bottle, and you'll need to spray it evenly over your driveway. Be generous since you won't be around to spot and re-treat areas you missed. If there's a thaw in the middle of the winter, take advantage of this break in the weather to apply another coat of ice-proofer. 

Don't park a heavy vehicle on it.

If you have a trailer or RV that you store on your property, you're better off storing it on a separate concrete pad or on blocks in the yard than on your driveway. While your driveway is made to be driven over by these heavy vehicles, it may not withstand their weight for months at a time—and can crack. 

Have it sealcoated.

Sealcoating is often seen as a measure homeowners take to keep their driveways looking black and pristine. You may be tempted to skip this maintenance since you don't care that your cottage yard looks pristine and spotless. However, sealcoating is also important for preventing cracks. The sealant that's applied helps keep water from seeping down into the asphalt and leading to deteriorate. 

There's really no need to sealcoat your driveway every year if you're only doing for maintenance—and not for looks. However, doing so every three years will really extend the life of your driveway. Opt for a top-quality sealing product for best results. 

Fill cracks promptly.

A little crack can quickly turn into a big crack if you don't address it promptly. Since you don't live at your cottage, you may not spot cracks immediately like you would if they occurred in your home's driveway. So, when you do visit the cabin, make a point of hunting for cracks in the driveway. And set aside a couple of hours to fill any cracks you do find.

Patching a little crack is pretty simple. You just clean out the crack, squeeze a crack-filling product into the crack, and then use a metal scraper to flatten the filled area. 

If you don't catch a crack quickly and it turns into a thicker crack or pot hole, you're probably best off having it filled by a professional. This way, you can be sure that the asphalt driveway is patched properly so the patch lasts for many years to come.

Don't neglect your cabin driveway just because you don't see it every day! With the tips above, you'll keep it looking good for years to come. Learn more by contacting asphalt patching services. 

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