We are now in the heart of winter and everyone is really feeling that chill. The cold winter chill spares no one. Believe it or not, even the pavements and roadways in your home are feeling the cold chill and wishing it away. As you try to protect everything else in your home from the harsh winter weather, do not forget your asphalt driveway. Remember that the subzero temperatures are especially harsh outdoors. All things that are left outdoors during winter have a really rough time. And if they do not respond well to extremely cold weather, then they can suffer serious damages. The good news about your asphalt driveway is that it can withstand the extremely low temperatures without suffering any serious damages. But it requires proper care and maintenance to ensure that it survives the long winter season. Implement the following care and maintenance tips to your asphalt driveway this winter and you can be assured that it will be as fresh as new when the spring season kicks in. Check with your local asphalt contractor if you have any maintenance questions.
Nature gifts us more snow than we can handle during the winter season. It’s fun at first but the joy doesn’t last especially when we realize that the snow is here to stay. And if we are not careful, it can even cover everything and take over our world. That is why we try to prevent snow accumulation in most places in our homes. One such place is your asphalt driveway. You should make a point of removing snow as quickly as possible from your asphalt pavements and driveway. The main problem with leaving snow on your asphalt driveway is that it can start melting there and the water can start seeping into the underlying layers. Combined with ultra violet light, this water can cause serious damage to your asphalt driveway through oxidation. You should try to remove the snow as quickly as possible using a shovel or a snow blower. You can also use rock salt and/or any other de-icing chemicals to melt the snow before it accumulates on your asphalt driveway.
Cleaning And Clearing All Debris
Another important care and maintenance routine for your asphalt driveway during winter is regular cleaning. The falling snow usually brings down all kinds of debris including leaves, twigs, tree branches, and even soil. All this debris can accumulate on your driveway and inhibit water drainage. And as mentioned above, the stagnant water can damage your asphalt driveway. As such, make a point of cleaning your asphalt driveway regularly and quite thoroughly.
You should also sealcoat your asphalt driveway before winter starts. As you very well know, Greenville asphalt sealing is a very important preventive maintenance measure for all asphalt surfaces. You should reseal your asphalt driveway every two years. Sealing the asphalt surface will prevent the water from the melting ice and other harmful agents from seeping to the underlying layers and damaging your asphalt driveway. The darkish black sealant also absorbs the sun’s heat and hence speeds up the process of melting the snow.
Regular Inspection And Timely Repairs
Make a point of inspecting your asphalt driveway regularly and implementing all the necessary repairs in a timely manner. All cracks and potholes should be filled before winter starts. Regular inspections will reveal any new damages and enable you to implement timely repairs.