How Winter Can Impact Your Cement Or Asphalt Driveway & What To Do About It
If you have a cement driveway, winter can really impact it. Here is what cold weather and moisture can do to your cement driveway, and how you can fix any damage sustained by your driveway during the winter months.
Winter Driveway Damage
Winter is one of the harshest times of year on your driveway. If you have any small cracks in your driveway, water and moisture will seep into these cracks. Then, every time it freezes, this water will expand, creating a crack in your driveway. This process can be repeated hundreds of times over the course of the winter, turning what was a crack so small you couldn't see it at the start of winter into a big gaping crack on your driveway.
If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice, and you treat your driveway with de-icing chemicals, those chemicals can wear away the top coat of your driveway. They can cause your driveway to wear at a faster rate than a driveway that was not exposed to the same chemicals.
If you use a snow plow to clear your driveway, or even snow shovels, you can chip and crack the surface of your driveway if you don't use these snow clearing devices correctly. This can lead to cracks and additional damage to your driveway.
What To Do When Spring Rolls Around
When spring rolls around, you are going to want to fix your driveway. There are multiple ways that you can address the damage done to your driveway during the winter months.
To start with, you are going to want to fill in any cracks to prevent them from getting larger. You can fill in large cracks with foam piping, and then put crack filler or a hot asphalt patch on top of them. You are going to want to apply filler, allow it to cure, and then check the crack to make sure that it was properly covered.
After you fill all the cracks, you should have your driveway sealcoated. Seal coating your driveway is a great way to fill in any smaller cracks that you missed. It will also help fill in any cement that was chipped away due to snow removal equipment. Putting on a top coat will also help protect your driveway from chemicals next winter that you use to clear the snow and ice, and help slow down the aging process that can happen through the use of those chemicals.
Call your local paving company today and set a date in the spring-time for them to come out and do crack filling in your driveway and apply a layer of seal coating.