Before winter arrives and your asphalt has to endure harsher elements you should do a few things to make sure your asphalt is ready to go. Failure to do upkeep in the fall can lead to issues in the winter that will be hard to address in the snowy weather. If you want your best shot at making it through the season then there’s a short checklist of things to consider for fall asphalt maintenance.
Cleaning your asphalt consistently can help its longevity and durability. Loose debris can crack the surface if driven over, however, even small things can cause lasting damage if not addressed. Sticks and leaves can get wedged into the cracks in your asphalt causing further deterioration to form. Cleaning the surface can also help prepare you for the next step.
Before you blindly start repairing and filling in the cracks that your asphalt has, you should do a thorough inspection. This is because damages can sometimes be easy to miss. An example of something you could miss is the small divots that form in your asphalt over time. These can quickly turn into potholes that collect water and are rough to drive over so you should address them early.
As mentioned before, cleaning before you commence an inspection is going to increase your chances of finding any smaller issues that form in your asphalt. Look carefully and call in a professional if you’re unsure whether or not there are any problematic spots.
After you’ve inspected and identified the problems that your asphalt has the next step in fall asphalt maintenance is to repair it. This may seem like a no-brainer, however, there are many people who choose to simply ignore a crack or two thinking there won’t be any long-term consequences. Asphalt is an easy and cheap material to repair so schedule the necessary maintenance as soon as possible. Waiting until winter means that you won’t be able to properly repair asphalt even if you wanted to due to the cold temperatures.
Now that everything is repaired the final step is to sealcoat your asphalt. Doing so creates a protective layer between the surface of your asphalt and anything that could damage it. Sealcoating will also keep snow and slush from resting on top of your asphalt directly all winter meaning that once it melts water damage will be minimal. Overall sealcoating annually is a great way to protect your asphalt and increase its lifespan.
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