The winter months can be hard on asphalt, especially if temperatures repeatedly dip below freezing temperatures. There are things you can do to protect your asphalt as the weather starts to turn and measures you can take to keep your asphalt driveway secure even when winter is in full force. Here are things you can do to take care of your asphalt driveway no matter how cold it is outside.
Make repairs before winter sets in
Ice and heavy snow can make cracks and potholes worse, so it's important that you repair any blemishes in your asphalt driveway before the snow falls. You can use loose asphalt and tar to fill in potholes and paint over small cracks with tar to make your asphalt driveway more winter-ready. It's also a great idea to seal your asphalt so water moisture from melting snow and ice don't get underneath your asphalt driveway and cause the foundation underneath to buckle. A contractor can make these repairs for you if you don't feel like you can do them on your own, and can recommend the best water-repelling sealant to keep your asphalt driveway safe.
Use a proper de-icer
If you want to keep your asphalt driveway free of ice, be wary of rock salt. It can wear on your asphalt's surface. Instead, consider milder approaches for giving your asphalt driveway traction and melt away ice, such as kitty litter, sand, and potassium chloride. Use a snow shovel to clear as much ice and snow as you can before placing these agents on your driveway for the most effective de-icing results.
Mark your driveway
Use cones or landscape lights to line and mark your driveway so you don't accidentally drive up on the curb or hit your asphalt driveway with a snow shovel or snow blower. You can chip away the edges of your asphalt driveway if you don't know where its edges are, and the borders help mark your driveway so you (and passing snowplows) don't accidentally nick any of your asphalt.
With proper care and maintenance, your asphalt driveway should last for up to 35 years. You do need to take extra precautions to care for your driveway during the winter months, but doing so will help your asphalt remain safe and sturdy every season. Talk to a contractor about making any repairs to your asphalt driveway before winter sets in for the best results in maintenance.Share
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