With fall here, now is the time to start performing asphalt maintenance to get your paved surfaces ready for the winter onslaught of snow, ice, road salt and chilly temperatures. Maintenance of your asphalt driveways can prevent costly repairs down the road such as asphalt repair or paving replacements. Start your fall asphalt driveway maintenance now to stay safe and prepared for the coming colder season.
Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Tips
Follow these tips to prepare your paved surfaces before the winter weather comes.
- Pressure Washing
Periodic pressure washing your surfaces will ensure all dirt, debris, chemicals and petroleum products are removed from your pavement’s surface. These chemicals and debris can easily be carried into cracks by water and snow causing additional damage to your asphalt driveway. Pressure washing also adds to the curb appeal of your roadway, driveway, parking lot or walkway.
- Cracks Patching
Moderate temperatures of the fall season are optimal for crack sealing performance. In the cold temperatures of winter, pavement contracts and cracks become bigger while in the hot summer season, the pavement expands and closes the cracks. Crack repair should, therefore, be done while the weather is still on your side. Taking care of cracked or deteriorated pavement now can minimize further damage during the winter freeze and the spring thaw.
Sealcoating is extremely crucial for your asphalt driveway during those long winter snowstorms. It prolongs the life of your asphalt pavements by creating a barrier against moisture and debris. By sealing your asphalt, you will be able to maintain the asphalts appearance and color without having to re-do the asphalt. Unsealed asphalt is susceptible to cracks which, if left untreated, can result in costly repairs of potholes or sub-layers.
A&M Asphalt Paving offers excellent sealcoating, line striping and stenciling services that will keep your driveway set for the coming damaging winter months.
Ideally, all asphalt maintenance such as sealcoating, cracks and potholes repair should be done in the driest possible conditions. Exposure to weather elements impacts the structural integrity of your asphalt.
Contact A&M Asphalt Paving Now to Help with Your Fall Asphalt Driveway Maintenance
Take advantage of the fall weather and protect your asphalt. You can count on our professional team to work to identify realistic servicing plans and capabilities to provide the best asphalt driveway maintenance service for your residence or business. Contact us today to schedule sealcoating and to learn more about what you need to protect your asphalt driveways before winter hits.
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Winter is harsh on a lot of things. It sends your trees into hibernation, can freeze and endanger your pipes, and can actually cause damage to your driveway. This asphalt wear and tear is typically the result of a lack of prep work done to protect the driveway before winter weather arrived, but don’t worry: it isn’t the end of the world. In fact, there are steps you can take immediately to repair your existing asphalt surfaces after the winter months.
The Cold Can Worsen Asphalt Wear and Tear
If you go into winter with some pre-existing damage to your driveway, then there’s a good chance that it will have worsened when spring arrives. This is because the intensity of winter weather often does a number on your pavement: for example, if there are cracks into which water can reach, then that liquid is likely to freeze with the cold, expanding the crack, leaving it more problematic than ever when everything melts again in the spring months. Unfortunately, this isn’t even a “one-time” thing every year. The above example of freezing and refreezing can occur multiple times throughout the season, depending on the weather patterns in your area.
Are you in the habit of using de-icers on your driveway? Do you know whether the type you use is detrimental to the surface underneath? This is just another part of asphalt wear and tear that can be seen as winter ends. Some types of de-icers “are not effective when the temperature drops below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing water from the ice that was melted to become trapped between walls of remaining ice.” Obviously, this would lead to greater instances of the issue above.
Something else to consider is the snow removal process. Whether you are undertaking this yourself or have a professional come to do it for you, whoever does the job has to be careful, particularly if there are underlying breaks or cracks in the surface. You (or they) may not notice the damage and could in fact worsen it with the use of snow equipment that is likely to snag on these cracks. Shoddy snow removal work “can tear chunks out of your pavement or scrape away your sealcoating.”
Put simply, you should make sure to hire an expert to handle not only the clearing of snow, but the maintenance of your pavement year-round. Someone with experience in asphalt wear and tear will be able to survey your driveway and report back on the damage and suggested course of action with confidence. To have an expert come and take a look at the pavement on your property for any reason at all, get in touch with A&M Asphalt Paving. From the professional grade equipment, to the decades of experience, to the superb customer service, A&M Asphalt Paving are the professionals to call for any asphalt paving job!