Protecting Your Asphalt Driveway During The Winter
If you live in an area that sees heavy winters, you likely have some experience with managing the effects snow and cold weather can have on your home. Ensuring that you also remember to give your asphalt driveway special attention during the winter is essential when it comes to maintaining the quality of your driveway.
Here are three tips that you can use this winter to keep your driveway in good condition, despite the adverse climate conditions.
1. Sealcoat your driveway before the first snowfall.
As soon as you feel outdoor temperatures begin to drop, you should contact a paving contractor to add a sealcoat to your asphalt driveway. Sealcoats are designed to help protect the surface of your driveway from damage when it is exposed to water.
Moisture from melting snow can penetrate the porous surface of an asphalt driveway and wreak havoc on the structural integrity of the driveway by freezing and expanding to cause cracks. A sealcoat will make your asphalt driveway impervious to water, allowing for greater protection during the winter months.
2. Plow snow properly.
If you want to keep your asphalt driveway intact during the winter months, it's essential that you learn proper snow-plowing techniques.
If you are using a four-wheeler to plow your driveway, be sure that the blade of the plow is lifted slightly off the driveway's surface. This will ensure that the force of the blade doesn't damage the surface of the asphalt, preventing scarring and cracks from forming. You should also ensure that you aren't damaging the surface of your asphalt with your snow shovel if you remove snow from your driveway by hand.
3. Edge your asphalt driveway.
In order to prevent melting snow from accumulating on the surface of your driveway, you should engage in a practice known as edging. Edging occurs when you remove a small strip of sod from either side of your asphalt driveway.
Creating this bare area provides space for melting snow to drain safely into the soil rather than sitting on the surface of your driveway where it could potentially lead to erosion and the need to asphalt replacement.
When you understand the unique needs of your asphalt driveway during the winter months, you will be better equipped to provide the specialized care required to prevent snow and cold temperatures from compromising the quality of your home's driveway next winter. Contact a company that specializes in driveway paving for more information.