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Cracked Asphalt & Winter Preparation

Winter Asphalt RepairHello December!

It seems like yesterday we all enjoyed the sunny warm weather, flip-flops and rays of sunshine. Now that the Summer Season is over and cold weather is  rapidly approaching, the time for winter preparation begins . As we are in need of protecting ourselves  from cold weather conditions , it’s important as well to protect both the interior and exterior of our homes, including our driveways.  The wet weather and low temperatures are two main factors and leading causes for the cracks formation in your asphalt.

The best  prevention and preservation of your asphalt is to hire a professional asphalt/sealcoating company to apply a high-grade crack-sealing compound (our specification is ASTM D6690), and apply a fresh layer of seal coat to help preserve the existing asphalt. The crack sealer contains a rubberized mixture that bonds to the asphalt to help provide a strong seal.

Here is a little warning; There are many products on the market, so be careful what you are purchasing or you  may find yourself spending twice the money you budgeted.

Another interesting fact is that you can minimize crack expansion and save money (thumbs up!) in an effort to extend your pavement life. Don’t you love hearing that?!

Remember, water is one of the worst factors causing the formation of asphalt cracks. Once under the  asphalt surface, it can erode the foundation which eventually leads to more damage and possibly even costly asphalt replacement. Simplify? Absolutely! Think of it as brushing your teeth to prevent cavities. It really doesn’t cost you much but benefits are tremendous. Brushing your teeth  saves your health and saves you a ton of money that you may spend at your dentist, which is simply avoidable but  caused  by negligence and lack of care. Same thing applies to your asphalt maintenance. Simple monitoring of the health of your driveway every year and adequate prevention extends the life of your asphalt and keeps your wallet in good shape.  So here are 5 helpful tips that will keep your driveway in a good shape:

 5 Driveway Winter Preparation Tips

Winter Asphalt Maintenance

1. Inspect Your Asphalt Surface

Whenever there is a seasonal change, make sure to inspect your driveway and the surrounding area for imperfections and potential future repair. By taking time to evaluate the condition of your asphalt surface, eventual and immediate problems can be prevented. Remember, tiny problems can quickly become Big Problems. Cracks only get bigger and so does the price to have them filled.

2. Keep it Clean

Driveway winter preparation cannot be completed without a good old cleaning. Cleaning not only improves the look of your driveway, it can also be a good time to thoroughly check the surface and it should be definitely addressed before winter begins.

Good cleaning of your driveway involves getting rid of dirt and debris. You can sweep, rinse or power wash or simply call our company to do this for you.

3. Check the Drainage

Adequate drainage is important for a crack-free driveway. Both crack  filling and seal coating are done to help prevent water damage, which is a big risk during the winter months. To avoid pooling and standing water, have your drainage system inspected before winter begins.  One way to verify that the driveway is draining properly is to investigate this during and after a rainstorm or spray the driveway with the hose. If there are any issues, a professional paving company can help you find a solution.

4. Repair Cracks

Repairing cracks should be on top of your to-do list when you are preparing the driveway for the winter season. Cracks represent damage that has already occurred. Look for cracks and contact us to repair and seal them before winter cold sets in.  At Beckage Sealcoating  our trained Asphalt Maintenance Consultants will look for the preliminary clues first while inspecting your driveway surface.

5. Seal Coat

Seal coating is the final important step for the winter preparation of your driveway and the ultimate way to prevent water penetration. Once your larger cracks have been filled, seal coating will fill in the  smaller cracks and even cracks that are invisible to the eye.

One thing you should definitely take into the consideration before you start your driveway preparation project is the weather. Rain (snow) and low  temperatures are crucial factors that you must keep in mind while you are planning to seal coat or repair cracks. To better understand when and how to repair or seal your driveway, consider contacting our company for professional advice.

 To sums this up, taking some basic steps will help you ensure that your driveway last for years, regardless of how bad the winters are. With our help, you can have a beautiful asphalt driveway in both winter and summer seasons.

 By Kasia Figurski

 

 

 

15 thoughts on “Cracked Asphalt & Winter Preparation”

  1. I like what this article mentions about keeping the drive clean of debris. I think this is not only good for the safety of the drive, but also the integrity. I’ll have to make sure I don’t leave anything such as leaves and branches on for too long after it’s paved. Thanks for the post!

    1. Thank you Tyler for reading our blog and we truly appreciate your feedback on this particular article. We are happy that you found it practical and helpful for your property maintenance needs.
      Thank you.

  2. I do try and repair cracks in my driveway every year. However, there are always a lot more cracks in my driveway after winter than there were before. I know because I try to seal them all. Is this because water is getting underneath my driveway, or is it just old?

  3. I am looking to get a new driveway because mine has started to crumble. I’m hoping to keep this new one in the best shape possible, so I will make sure to follow this tips for winter protection. I didn’t realize that you could put a seal coating on the cement to help protect it. Is that something standard that is done with installation, or do I need to ask my contractor to add it? Thanks for the information!

  4. I think it’s interesting that you should clean your driveway before winter. I always try and keep my driveway swept and looking good. I will have to remember to check for any damage while I am doing that.

  5. Your tip about inspecting your asphalt surface was very enlightening. Do most paving contractors offer regularly scheduled maintenance services? While my son and I were outside playing basketball we noticed that there were some big cracks in the driveway. Hiring a paving contractor to come and fill those in might be a good option.

  6. These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to have your driveway seal coated before winter. My husband and I just had our driveway paved with asphalt, and we want to make sure it stays in good condition throughout the winter. We’ll definitely look into having it sealed by a professional to prevent water penetration and other damage. Thanks for the great post!

  7. I want to make sure that I keep my driveway in good condition. It makes sense that I would want to repair cracks when they come up! I’ll make sure I have a crack seal hose available just in case.

  8. I love that you point out that by checking the surface of your driveway, you can prevent bigger problems in the future. I think that more people need to think preventatively about the maintenance of their homes, and driveways are no exception to that! A lot of costs would be spared if people would make a little investment into small problems when they first catch them.

  9. Thank you for talking about the importance of taking into account the weather when you plan repairs on your asphalt surfaces. It makes sense that different temperatures would affect the way the sealings settle on your surface and how well they work. It is important to look for someone who has experience when it comes to these matters and who can advise you on them.

  10. My husband and I are looking at having part of our driveway repaved. It has cracked quite a bit since this last winter, and we want to do everything we can to avoid that problem again. As you said, seal coating can definitely help. We will look into having this done to prevent water penetration.

  11. It is good to know that keeping the surface clean is an important part of winter driveway preparation. I am glad to know that this will improve the look of your driveway and give you the chance to better inspect the surface of your driveway. I have heard that it is also important to pay attention to humidity and wind when working with a concrete driveway.

  12. I like that you mention checking repairing cracks before the weather gets too cold. I’ve noticed some cracks on my driveway that I don’t want to have to worry about this winter. I’ll have to get them taken care of before the weather gets much colder.

  13. Winter is fast approaching but there are still tons of preparation that need to be done around our home. Talking about pathways and/or driveways, pavement cracks during winter are the stuff of nightmares for every homeowner due to its hazardousness when combined with an icy, slippery road. If repairing the cracks and applying a seal coat on top would prevent many problems that could arise on an otherwise unprepared road should be an expense most people should be willing to pay for.

  14. I like how you suggested that whenever there is a seasonal change, make sure to inspect your driveway. My dad says that his driveway is full of cracks. I will recommend him to hire a professional company to apply a high-grade crack-sealing compound as you said.

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