It’s officially fall, and that means winter is just around the corner! If you have an asphalt driveway or parking lot, it’s important to take some steps now to prepare it for the cold weather. In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to get your asphalt ready for winter. We’ll also talk about snow removal and how to find a reputable snow plow contractor. Let’s get started!
Asphalt is a durable material, but it does require some maintenance to keep it in good condition. One of the most important things you can do for your asphalt is to have it seal coated. Sealcoating helps protect the asphalt from weather damage and wear and tear. It’s best to have your asphalt seal coated every one to three years, and the end of summer is a great time to do it.
If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you’ll need to make sure your asphalt is prepared for snow removal. Snow plowing can damage asphalt if not done properly, so it’s important to find a reputable contractor who knows what they’re doing. In addition, you’ll want to make sure your snow removal contractor has insurance in case of any damage. The main type of damage that can occur from snow removal is called “spalling.” Spalling is when the top layer of asphalt is removed, leaving the underlying material exposed. This can lead to cracking and other damage to the asphalt. It’s important to make sure your snow removal contractor is aware of how to prevent spalling, or else you could end up with some expensive repairs.
The best way to clean an asphalt driveway depends on its condition and age. However, in general, power washing is a good way to clean an asphalt driveway. It removes dirt, debris, and oil stains, and it can also help restore the black color of the asphalt. If you decide to power wash your asphalt driveway at the end of summer, be sure to use a low-pressure washer and avoid using high pressure, which could damage the surface of the asphalt. Also, be sure to use a hot water pressure washer; cold water will not be effective in removing dirt and stains.
It’s important to note that power washing should not be used as a substitute for sealcoating. Sealcoating helps protect the asphalt from weather damage and wear and tear, so it’s important to have your asphalt seal coated every one to three years.
Salt can be used to help keep an asphalt driveway from getting slippery and preventing falls, but it should not be used in place of regular snow removal. Salt can cause damage to the asphalt if it is used excessively, so it should only be used as a last resort. There is a special type of salt called “ice melt” that can be used to help keep an asphalt driveway from getting slippery. Ice melt is a type of salt that is specifically designed for melting ice and snow. It contains a higher concentration of sodium chloride than regular salt, which makes it more effective at melting ice. Ice melt is also less likely to damage asphalt than regular salt.
Preparing your asphalt for winter doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. By taking some simple steps now, you can help ensure that your asphalt will last for many years to come.