Everything You Need To Know About Your Asphalt Driveway In Winter
Cracks, shovel damage, and potholes are just some of the issues winter can bring to your new asphalt driveway. You need to know how to take care of it, or you can cause more damage on top of that. There are a few tips and tricks you should know to prevent damage over the winter months.
Don’t accidentally damage your driveway. Take steps to prevent damage in the future. Read on for everything you need to know about your asphalt driveway in winter.
Don’t Use Metal Shovels
Using a lightweight plastic shovel instead of a heavy metal one can prevent damage from shoveling. Holding the shovel at a shallow angle to avoid damage, as well. Don’t hold the shovel at a steep angle or use an ice pick to dig into the ice, or you risk harming the asphalt.
You should also shovel after every snow to avoid ice build-up. Letting it build up or turn into ice can have disastrous consequences! Keep your driveway as clear as you can!
Use Rock Salt Alternatives
Standard rock salt de-icers are toxic and damaging to your driveway. When temperatures reach below fifteen degrees Fahrenheit, it is ineffective anyway. Avoid it and use better alternatives.
You can use either Magnesium Chloride or Calcium Magnesium Acetate, which are good down to zero degrees Fahrenheit and negative twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. They are better for your driveway and are more effective. Use them selectively, though, as too much of anything can be bad.
Use a Snow Blowing Service
If your schedule doesn’t let you keep up with the snow, hire a snow removal service. If you do, make sure they are keeping the snow blower’s skid plates and shoes to a quarter of an inch above the driveway to prevent potential damage. The same worries about metal shovels apply with snow blowers!
Talk to your neighbors and friends to ask for recommendations. A company with a good word of mouth reputation is what you want to look for. The company must treat your driveway with the utmost care.
Seal-Coat Your Driveway
As soon as your driveway is ready, seal coat it! It can help prevent water and freezing damage to the asphalt, which is doubly important in the winter months. Getting the seal coat done early is important for your driveway’s health!
Watch For Asphalt Failure
Cracks in your asphalt driveway can be disastrous in winter. They can easily go from a small issue to a much bigger one. Make sure to call and schedule a patch and repair if you have cracks in your driveway before winter comes around.
Asphalt Driveway Care and Maintenance
It can be a battle in winter to keep your driveway from sustaining damage. Make sure you have to tools necessary to win the fight! If something happens to it, remember to check our service areas to get your driveway back to its beautiful best!