Preparing asphalt for the winter months is without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of your surface maintenance. Let’s face it, wintertime takes a toll on everyone (unless you love the cold months up ahead). It’s cold, it gets dark way too early, it can tire you out even more waking up to a night sky before you go to work, and did we mention it’s cold and flu season? It’s also the season you need to be most prepared for – beginning your house maintenance in the fall is a great idea before the ice and snow sets in. Preparing your asphalt surfaces – whether that means your home’s driveway or your business’ commercial parking lot – winter is where the damage begins if you’re not prepared. Let’s take a look at some of the ways we can combat those low temperatures.
Basically, this is what we are trying to avoid by following the later steps:
Fill Cracks & Potholes
Water fills the cracks and freezes over during the winter, expanding them to even larger cracks and eventually creating potholes. Make sure to patch any areas that need patching to avoid even bigger problems when the temperatures lower.
Invest in Sealcoating
Once the cracks have been filled and taken care of, invest in a sealcoat. We know, you’ve heard it many times by now, but it is so important to give your asphalt surface the sealcoat it needs to perform at its best. It will create isolation, a barrier of sorts, between the asphalt itself and the elements. The freeze-thaw cycle will be tremendously less detrimental and it will help your surface last longer in the long run.
Check the Drainage Systems
Make sure to check your drainage systems before winter comes along. This is a great way to go about it when preparing asphalt for the winter months as it allows any melting snow or rain to drain properly without any unexpected problems, especially if it is a particularly heavy winter.
Seek out Snow Removal
If you live in a house, snow removal is probably not the hardest thing to do, but commercial properties are a different story. Make sure to seek out snow removal experts to ensure the job gets done right, and the right ice melt/salting gets used.
Use the Proper Salt/Ice Melt
Ice melt, otherwise known as rock salt for snow, comes in many different forms and are all based on different chemicals, unless you go for traditional rock salt. This ice melt chart will tell you which option can work best for your surface.
If you need sealcoating when preparing asphalt for the winter months, make sure to contact Richmond Blacktop. We also provide snow removal once the lower temperatures creep in, so our experts have you covered! Contact us via our website or give us a call for a free consultation!