The winter months can be rough on your asphalt driveway. Cold weather, ice and snow, salt and plowing can all cause problems to develop or lead existing problems to worsen. While you cannot do anything to change the frightful weather that comes along with winter, you can take steps to ensure that the weather does not make your asphalt driveway frightful. Here are a few of the things you should do to keep your driveway in great condition this winter.
Have Your Driveway Inspected and Repaired Before Winter Hits
Before the cold weather hits, hire an asphalt paving company to inspect your asphalt driveway. Many people think that they will be able to see problems with their driveway. Unfortunately, it can be hard to see every crack or imperfection in an asphalt surface. A professional can examine your driveway and make repairs that are necessary to keep water and moisture out, such as hot filling cracks and potholes.
Apply a Seal Coat to Your Asphalt Surface
It is highly recommended that you seal coat your asphalt surface. Asphalt is naturally porous. This allows it to soak in water. When you seal your asphalt, you are filling in those pores, helping to prevent water from seeping into your surface. This can decrease the chances of cracks or potholes developing. However, a seal coat does not last forever. It needs to be reapplied as needed to protect your asphalt surface. Before winter hits, pour some water on your asphalt surface. If the water seeps into the surface, it is time to have your seal coat reapplied.
Be Mindful of the Amount of Salt You Sprinkle on the Driveway
The last thing you can do to help protect your asphalt surface in the winter months is to be mindful of the amount of salt you sprinkle on your driveway. Salt can help to melt ice that is present on your surfaces, decreasing the chances of you slipping and falling as you walk out to your car. Unfortunately though, salt is abrasive and it can cause your asphalt surface to wear faster. Always use the minimum amount of salt needed to remove ice from your driveway to decrease excessive wear on your asphalt driveway.
Following the above steps will help to prevent problems from developing with your asphalt driveway this winter. Unfortunately, though, you cannot prevent all problems from occurring. If you notice your asphalt driveway has cracks or potholes when the ground begins to thaw, call in an asphalt paving company like Phend & Brown to make repairs as quickly as possible.