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
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