When temperatures drop during wintertime, it can be challenging to maintain your asphalt. Throughout the winter in Maryland, the temperature changes and moisture levels signify that your asphalt is freezing and thawing constantly. In addition, water expands as it freezes and may cause more significant damage if it finds its way into minor cracks or potholes. So, how can you protect your asphalt from the damaging effects of cold weather? Keep reading below.
Consider Preventive Measures
Before snow arrives, look at your asphalt and search for cracks and potholes. Also, clear the whole driveway of debris. In addition, cleaning your asphalt before the snow comes ensures that significant debris pieces will not freeze over. This situation may hinder plows from completing their job without damaging your property. Overall, finding the cracks and potholes allows you to repair them quickly before winter can worsen the problems.
Sealcoating with an asphalt base restores your asphalt material’s tar/oil content. This makes it less likely that cracks will be produced in the winter. Also, sealcoating typically needs an effective nighttime temperature of at least 50 degrees. So, if it’s too cold, consider hiring an asphalt sealcoating professional to do as much crack-filling and take care of the new sealcoat next spring.
While eliminating snow is no one’s idea of a great time, allowing it to pile up on your asphalt can do severe damage. Moreover, protecting your asphalt from standing water puddles and snow piles is crucial. For small residential driveways, routine shoveling or snow blowing is sufficient. Otherwise, you can hire a local company that offers professional snow removal services if you have a large driveway or commercial parking lot.
Lastly, shoveling as much snow as possible before using deicers is vital. Sometimes, salt in water runoff can harm the local environment and cause corrosive harm to your asphalt. Call Atlantic Maintenance Group at (410) 768-4720 for your asphalt maintenance needs.
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