Now that summer is coming to a close, it’s important to start thinking about how we can prepare our asphalt driveways these upcoming seasons. Asphalt can become very damaged in the presence of fall’s heavy rainfall, and winter’s icy, cold, snowy days.
A well prepared driveway will be sealed, patched and looked after regularly. Make sure you are maintaining and keeping a good eye on it as the weather begins to shift and get harsher. In order to protect your Vancouver driveway this winter, take a look at these 5 tips to kickstart the season.
Patch Holes & Cracks
It’s ideal to repair cracks and holes before the onset of winter. If snow and ice gets in the cracks, they expand and become worse. As the ice melts and refreezes over and over again, it will continue to worsen the problem. This can eventually turn into an issue where you will have to replace your entire driveway.
Seal Your Driveway
High quality sealing like the one we offer at Richmond Blacktop is the ultimate way to protect your driveway. A sealant is the finishing touch to creating a protective barrier between your driveway and the elements. It protects it from snow, water, dirt, ice, debris and sharp objects like nails and glass that can scratch it. It also protects it from fading in the summer.
Regularly Shovel and Clear Debris
When the snowfall does come, make sure you are regularly shovelling your driveway to minimize the chances of it freezing into the cracks/holes and expanding them. Another important thing to note is that dirt, debris and chemicals can become frozen onto the asphalt, become near-impossible to remove, and cause further damage. There are also certain chemicals that, if not washed away, can eat away at the ashlar and deteriorate it. Protect your Vancouver driveway this winter and have the whole family keep a close eye on keeping it nice and clean!
Ensure Even Surfaces During Rainfall
When there is heavy rainfall, an uneven surface can collect puddles and areas of water that can permeate the cracks and settle at the base, making it weaker. If you notice uneven surfaces, have a professional take a look at how this can be fixed, so there is proper drainage during the rainy months of fall.
Make sure you are well aware of whether or not traffic on your driveway will increase. More-often than not, asphalt damage is caused by unforeseen expansion of traffic. Maybe your family got a second or third car. Prepare for increased traffic with proper patching and sealing – don’t allow the traffic to make things worse!
If you are unsure about which service your driveway needs, or how you can protect your Vancouver driveway this winter, get in touch! Richmond Blacktop would be more than happy to help you and your family!