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How Snow and Ice Damage Asphalt

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Anyone who’s spent time on the road in the wake of a Northeast winter knows the type of toll snow and ice take on our highways.

That same damage can affect the asphalt on your driveway or parking lot.

When it comes to snow and ice and asphalt repair, NJ residents should consider these factors:

  1. Constant thawing and freezing

As we write this, it’s late January. It’s 15 degrees outside, but the temperatures are expected to shoot up to 41 degrees later in the day, and then reach 50 the next day.

And while we appreciate not having to deal with frigid weather, these constant temperature fluctuations are not good for our roadways, parking lots or driveways.

When water permeates into cracks in the asphalt in the winter, it freezes, expands and causes these cracks to get wider. Worse still, the continual cycle of freezing and thawing can lead to potholes.

In places like NJ, asphalt repair services will use hot-mix asphalt, which is specially designed to withstand constant freezing and thawing.

  1. Deicers

Deicing materials such as salt, potassium acetate and magnesium acetate prevent snow and ice from freezing on asphalt surfaces. These products are invaluable to homeowners, business owners and commuters during the winter months.

But these products should be used sparingly, as they can be harmful to your asphalt, and to the environment. Consult with your local NJ asphalt repair company to get their advice on which deicers would – or wouldn’t – work with your paved surfaces.

  1. Snow melt

Because it absorbs the sun’s rays, asphalt can melt away snow faster than other surfaces. While this helps keep roads and parking lots clear, it can also lead to intense water runoff and even flooding.

Using porous asphalt allows water to drain through the asphalt and down to the stone bed below the surface, and eventually, into the soil.

  1. Snow plows

Whether it’s a private contractor or a public works crew, damage to pavement from plow blades is typically minimal, as these services set their blades high enough to avoid harming asphalt.

But any piece of equipment that scrapes your pavement is going to cause some damage, particularly when snow plows are used incorrectly.

The best way to avoid this kind of damage is by hiring a commercial snow plowing service. These services will avoid asphalt damages by using a protective rubber or plastic edge on their plow blades, and by making sure the blades are positioned above the surface.

When they need asphalt repair, NJ residents call on Beckage Sealcoating, which has spent nearly 25 years helping people protect their driveways and parking lots.

We offer a range of options to help your asphalt surfaces recover from harsh winters, as well as an expert sealcoating process that can protect your driveways and parking lots from future storms.

Contact us today to set up an appointment, and get started on protecting your surfaces from the worst winter has to offer.

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