Cold weather and precipitation during the winter months can cause damage to asphalt surfaces. Many homeowners unfortunately forget to take necessary precautions to help their driveway withstand freezing cold, snow, and precipitation. A neglected driveway can lead to more serious matters, like cracking or upheaving in the pavement from freeze and water damage. These problems not only look aesthetically bad, but can cost quite a lot to fix in terms of driveway reparations. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce the emergence of any issues that can arise from cold and freezing weather.
Maintenance Essentials for your Driveway
Understand What Affects Your Sealcoating
Sealing your driveway in early fall before winter is a great way to prevent water from entering unsealed cracks and spaces where it can enter underneath the asphalt and compromise sub-base and cause heaving. Also consider a hot tar to seal the seam of your driveway where it enters the road, and other possible cracks. Ask Northern Construction about the different types of tars and seal coats that can be applied to cracks. Hot tar and sealcoat will protect your driveway from harsh cold temperatures and precipitation.
Make Sure you have Snow Shovels on Hand
It’s always handy to keep a few shovels around for quick and easy snow removal. Snow that is left to sit and melt will turn into water only to freeze overnight, leaving an icy surprise in your driveway the following morning. Choose shovels that do not have overly sharp edges to prevent chipping the pavement.
Consider the use of De-icers
Preventing ice from building up in your driveway is critical to keeping asphalt safe from freezing and thawing damage from ice. There are various kinds of de-icers such as calcium or rock salt, which are effective at preventing a buildup of ice. However, most of these products can be environmentally harmful to plants and animals. Some types of salts can be harmful to pets, getting stuck in their paws and causing irritation. It’s important to do your research to see what products will be environmentally friendly with your driveway and your property.
Apply Temporary Solutions When Necessary To Extend The Life of Your Driveway
Whomever is paving your driveway should warn you about any potholes that might possibly arise from contact between the plow and pavement. If you notice a pothole has appeared, consider cold mix as a temporary but effective solution to preventing the pothole from expanding. Ask Northern Construction about filling potholes to prevent water and ice from heaving your driveway. Our clients who come to us with questions for keeping their driveways protected by winter snow and ice are given the best recommendations from our team based on the condition of their driveway. For nearly three decades we’ve helped our clients maintain their driveways throughout the winter, providing them with the best choices in terms of snow and ice protection.