If you live in a region that receives a lot of snow, then you may be aware of the damage that the harsh weather elements can have on asphalt. However, there are certain steps that can be taken to prevent the cold temperatures and snow from harming your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Here are a couple of asphalt winter maintenance tips.
Seal Before the Snow Comes
It is important that any cracks or holes that are present in the asphalt be repaired before the winter months set in. Sealing cracks before the colder temperatures arrive will help to prevent additional cracking from occurring as the asphalt is put through the freezing and thawing processes that take place over the course of the winter season. If you notice any small cracks, then those can be sealed with simple asphalt repair kits. However, if it has been a few years since the asphalt has been sealed, then you should contact a professional asphalt maintenance company to have the surface properly sealed.
As the snow accumulates during the winter months it becomes a necessity to plow. And while there is no way to avoid plowing, as snow buildup can create a dangerous situation for pedestrians and vehicles alike, it is recommended that you hire an experienced plow company to avoid harming the asphalt surface. When a parking lot is plowed by someone unfamiliar with the process, there is the chance that they will have the plow set too low and it will cause damage to the asphalt, and in some cases, it could result in large pieces of material being pulled up. Of course, there is no way to completely prevent damage from occurring. After all, when there are multiple feet of snow on the ground it can be difficult for even the most experienced snow plow drivers to keep the correct plow height.
There is no doubt that the winter months can be hard on asphalt, but there are some steps that you can take to keep the surface in good shape. Before the cold temperatures set in, you should make sure that all cracks are properly sealed and all holes patched. This will help to prevent these blemishes from becoming worse over the winter. In addition, it is important to hire an experienced plow driver to ensure that they do not damage the surface of the asphalt with their plow. If you have any questions regarding maintenance for asphalt or you need a free estimate, contact Superior Paving at 604-530-2412.