Many people don’t know that it’s the freeze-thaw-cycle that damages the surface of their asphalt during the winter months. When ice and snowmelt on your pavement, it creates a pool of water, which can jeopardize your asphalt. In addition, when the water freezes, it expands and the expansion in potholes and cracks increases pressure, resulting in further damage to your asphalt. Below, we give you some tips on how you can protect your asphalt during the winter months.
Make Sure Your Pavement Is Clear Of Debris Before It Starts To Snow
To ensure that your asphalt does not get damaged when the harsh temperatures begin, make sure that it is well prepared. You should perform a thorough cleaning of your asphalt parking and/or driveway. It’s also a great idea to have your asphalt professionally cleaned. A professional cleaning will reveal any issue like cracks that should be fixed immediately and will ensure that there are no large pieces of debris that can freeze and damage your asphalt.
Fill In Any Cracks And Sealcoat
Sealcoating requires a nightly temperature of approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is best to do this before the temperature drops drastically. If you have already missed that time this year, then it’s something you should put on your to-do list for next year. The following questions will help you determine if your asphalt needs a fresh seal coat:
- How long has it been since you seal-coated your pavement? (If it has been longer than two to four years, you should consider seal coating)
- Does your parking lot have cracks that are 1/8” or larger?
- Does your pavement look patchy and or dry?
- Has your pavement begun to pit?
Look Out For Pooling Water
If you notice pooling water now, then when spring rolls around, you may see a pothole. To avoid this, try to schedule repairs to comprised areas on your asphalt surface as soon as possible.
One of the best ways to protect your asphalt during the winter months is to shovel it regularly and keep it clear of standing water and snow. Taking the time to shovel the snow will ensure that the excess water does not damage your asphalt.
Repair Your Potholes
Pothole repair during the winter months can be tricky if you are not a trained professional. It is crucial that you repair potholes in the winter so they don’t spread and cause further damage.
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