The winter months are only just beginning, but the effects of the cold might already be taking a toll on your asphalt driveway, parking lot, or another paved area if you’re not prepared. With 18 billion tons of asphalt currently covering American roadways, there are certain measures and precautions you can take to make sure that your driveways last through the season. Here are three simple tips to winterize your asphalt and minimize the potential damages caused by old man winter.
- Keep it sealed.
One of the worst perpetrators of asphalt damage is moisture that expands and contracts with the fluctuating temperatures. Water that expands as it freezes can cause cracks in driveways that will lead to bigger gaps and holes if not properly sealed. After your contractors first pave your driveway or commercial parking area, be sure to have it sealed every two to three years, which helps water run off the pavement instead of accumulating in surface gaps.
- Keep it plowed.
Another simple way to prevent moisture buildup is to keep snow and ice off of your driveway as much as possible. It’s often worth hiring a plow company to regularly remove snow from the surface area quickly so as to prevent cracking and potholes. Or, simply break out the shovel yourself.
- Keep it maintained.
If you do notice minor cracks, dents, or holes in your asphalt pavement, hire contractors straightaway to deal with the issue before it gets out of hand. Even small imperfections can rapidly worsen, especially when temperatures repeatedly warm under the daylight sun and then freeze again during the cold at night. Fixing minor issues as they arise will prevent more costly and time-consuming problems later on.
Asphalt is a dependable and reliable material for surface paving that can last years — or even a lifetime — so long as it is properly maintained. While the winter weather can wreak havoc on your driveway, don’t let it get the best of you. Combat the wet winter weather with a little bit of preparation and steady maintenance, and by the end of the season, your pavement will be looking as fresh as a spring daisy.