With winter quickly approaching it’s time to start preparing your driveway for the harsher conditions. Nobody wants to have to deal with a deteriorating driveway in the middle of freezing weather. Having cracks and warps in your asphalt can cause accidents especially since you already have ice to worry about. In order to keep your asphalt driveway in tip-top shape all throughout winter, there are a couple of things you need to do. Here’s how to winterize your asphalt driveway!
Asphalt vs Winter
As mentioned before, asphalt and winter don’t often mix very well. If there are any damages to your driveway then you’ll have to repair it with cold mix asphalt. This is an issue because, as opposed to the hot mix asphalt, the cold mix is less durable and won’t be a permanent solution. On top of this, trying to schedule asphalt repairs in the winter can be difficult due to how unpredictable the weather is. It’s strongly recommended that you take the steps to prepare your driveway in the fall and summer ahead of time. Doing so ensures that you have your best chances of making it through the season without any major deterioration.
Repairing Your Driveway Ahead Of Time
One of the best ways to winterize your asphalt driveway is to repair any cracks or divots it may have. These issues may seem small at first but if left unchecked they can grow to be big problems. They not only affect your asphalt’s drivability but can end up costing you expensive repairs that could’ve been avoided if you had just nipped the problem in the bud. Start filling in the cracks and divots in the summer and fall and don’t leave any damage unchecked.
Sealcoating Your Asphalt
Sealcoating your asphalt is a great and cheap way to help it last through the winter relatively unscathed! It adds a protective layer between your driveway and the elements meaning that they’ll have something shielding them all through the season. Sealcoating also can be done both by a professional or by you. It’s a relatively easy DIY project that can be rewarding and fun.
With that being said, you should consider hiring a professional if you don’t feel confident in your abilities to get it done. Messing up a seal coat can negate any of the positive effects it could’ve had on your asphalt. Hiring a trusted professional to get the job done is a surefire way of keeping your asphalt safe.
You will want to be careful with how you apply salt to a driveway. Although it can quickly melt snow, it can also be damaging to the driveway itself if you are not careful. Despite this, you should not refrain from applying it all together, as letting the snow compact on your asphalt is going to present the opposite problem. In order to keep you and your driveway safe, you should apply calcium chloride instead of rock salt. It does the trick while keeping your driveway in good condition.
Keeping your Cars in the Garage
Once the winter hits you should utilize your garage if you have one. It not only keeps your car safe but takes some pressure off of your asphalt during the colder months. This means that it will not be under the constant strain of compact snow and vehicles. As a bonus, you will not have to constantly take an ice scraper to your vehicle either. It may seem obvious but keeping your car in your garage goes a long way.
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