The winter season can be harsh for asphalt. As asphalt maintenance professionals, we know that this means treacherous weather conditions; we see the damage that winter weather can do to asphalt.
Snowplows and salt trucks tear up asphalt pavement, causing potholes and cracks. The cold temperatures make asphalt brittle and susceptible to breakage or cracking. It’s essential not only to maintain your asphalt regularly but also to know how to prepare for winter weather so you can keep it in good shape all year long!
Here are five quick tips to help get your asphalt pavement safely through the coldest months of the year.
1. Make Sure Your Asphalt is Properly Sealed
This is a crucial part of keeping your asphalt safe!
If you have not had your pavement sealed in a while, it’s probably time to do so! Experts like C.H. Paving & Sealcoating can help with the sealcoating process to ensure you get the best, most effective results.
Sealcoating your asphalt will help protect it from cracking and potholes caused by weather fluctuations like harsh winters or hot summers. A sealcoated asphalt pavement is durable enough to resist wear and tear under normal traffic conditions for at least two years.
2. Remove Snow from Pavement
This is a tip that every homeowner should know about since they’re usually the ones who have to shovel their sidewalks and driveways in the morning.
If all you do is remove snow from your pavement, then you’ll be able to avoid most problems with cracking or breaking asphalt due to excess weight being put on it by heavy snowfall.
3. Check Drainage Systems
Drainage systems are a big part of keeping your asphalt safe during wintertime.
Take some time to go outside and make sure that your drainage system is clear from debris or anything else, which might cause water to pool on the surface of the pavement.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, contact a professional for help. C.H. Paving & Sealcoating offers drainage installation and repair services at budget-friendly rates.
4. Make Sure Your Asphalt is Properly Patched
If you have potholes in your asphalt, make sure they are filled! Filling them with a suitable patching technique will help to hold the pavement together until spring.
Make sure to use the proper adhesive and aggregate size when patching your asphalt. This will keep from having a weak, thin patch that won’t last as long as the pavement itself.
5. Get Your Asphalt Pavement Quality Checked
A thorough inspection of the surface will ensure that you identify any problems beforehand. Also, it will give you an idea of whether or not damage has already occurred to your pavement and if you need to make any repairs.
Winter is the bane of asphalt pavement. At C.H. Paving & Sealcoating, we know how to get your pavement through winter without cracking or breaking – and it doesn’t involve a lot of money either!
Our experts can sealcoat and pave any surface in the Bridgewater area with an environmentally-friendly product that will help protect against freeze/thaw cycles, which is known for causing cracks in asphalt throughout the year.