In actual fact, it isn’t the cold that hurts your asphalt pavement or parking lot. As any professional asphalt paving company will tell you, it is the cycle of freezing and then thawing again that causes the most damage.
This is because when water freezes, it expends. And this can cause stress to the asphalt. The water then presses into the surface making cracks and fissures appear in the paving or driveway.
When it melts, the water becomes a pool or puddle on your asphalt surfacing and this in itself causes problems, with the water seeping through into the pores of the paving.
So, here’s how to look out for your asphalt driveway this fall and winter.
GET YOUR PAVEMENT OR PARKING LOT CLEANED IN ADVANCE OF THE SNOW
Even before the first snowflake falls, you need to be ready.
We would advise that you get your driveway, parking lot or asphalt paving cleaned; professionally if at all possible.
Once it has been cleaned properly, you will be able to see any small cracks, or dents that are on it. It is possible that if there is dirt and debris on it, you might not see the problems arise.
The other major reason to get the asphalt cleaned properly is that if there are any big pieces of debris on the driveway, or parking lot, that these themselves might cause damage to the asphalt.
These pieces of debris could freeze when the temperature drops and also get in the way of any snow clearance attempts – i.e. with a snow plow.
We would advise hiring a street sweeper if the job is too large to be cleaned manually with a brush.
SEALCOAT YOUR DRIVEWAY
This can only be done if the temperatures have not dropped sufficiently to enable the job to be done properly.
We would usually advise that sealcoating be done as soon as possible after the driveway has been laid. And then, it should be done every one to two years after that.
It is best to do it when the weather is temperate and not likely to snow or hail.
But as long as the temperatures don’t dip below fifty degrees, then go ahead and seal coat your driveway.
FILL ALL CRACKS IN ADVANCE OF WINTER
Even if it is too late to seal coat for the season, at the very least make sure the potholes and cracks are filled before the snow and ice strikes.
This can be done, even in cold temperatures, depending on the type of crack filler that you choose.
TAKE CARE WTH WATER POOLING
If there is already water pooling on the asphalt driveway or parking lot, then come the spring, you may have a considerable pothole.
This is the area you should be paying attention to for pre-emptive repairs, before there is a problem.
Call a professional driveway paving contractor now, if you are not sure about how to search for potential potholes.
Shoveling snow is the number one best way of preventing damage to your driveway, paving or parking lot.
The faster you can get snow, ice or water off your asphalt, the least damage it can cause.
CONSIDER USING A PLOW WITH CARE
If there really is too much snow to be shoveled successfully by hand, you might want to hire or use a snow plow.
This is the best way to clear a lot of snow, fast and can be the only way to keep your business or enterprise open in the winter months.
However, do take care and ensure whoever you hire does not clip your curbs or otherwise damage your asphalt, with the snow plow itself.