How to Protect Your Asphalt Driveway During the Winter Season
Come the winter months, many a driveway will be impacted by the onslaught of precipitation we get each year. Under the influence of so much rain, tiny cracks can easily become larger fractures or potholes resulting in a need for paving the surface anew. And if it happens to be one those of those years when our local temperature in Victoria regularly drops below the freezing mark, then the damage can be even more severe. Whatever this winter holds in store, there are a number of ways to protect your asphalt from incurring damages.
The tiniest fissure can rupture and become a much larger issue under the duress of winter weather. This is because water only needs a small opening to work its way under your asphalt where it can erode away at the integrity of the above surface. If this water then freezes and thaws a few times, the chances of damages occurring are heightened. Fixing cracks and other breakages earlier rather than later is the best way to protect your driveway from winter wear.
Apply a seal coat
A seal coat is like a rain jacket for your driveway that encourages liquids to roll off instead of leak underneath. All untreated asphalt surfaces have small pores that will eventually be penetrated by moisture. The job of the seal coat is to close off those pores and add an additional protective barrier. It’s best to apply a seal coat once every two or three years.
It’s not every winter that Victoria experiences enough snowfall to warrant brushing the cobwebs off your shovel, but for those times when the white stuff does accumulate, it’s best to remove it from your driveway. Sure, you could wait for the snow to melt but it will expose the asphalt surface to excess moisture that may result in new cracks or potholes.
Salt does a good job of thawing ice that may form on your driveway but it’s also highly corrosive. Consider using other means to deal with ice or use salt only sparingly to minimize the possibility of damaging your asphalt.
Ensure proper drainage
Water should never be allowed to accumulate on your driveway. Instead, it should be directed into the city’s sewer system. If you notice water pooling anywhere on your driveway, make sure the issue gets resolved. Additionally, the gutters on your house should be inspected to ensure water is being routed away from both your home and your driveway. Keeping gutters free of debris is an important step in maintaining proper drainage.
Paving experts you can rely on
In Victoria, you need look no further than Island Asphalt Co. for all your asphalt and concrete paving needs. Contact us today to get a free quote on repair or repaving, or to simply find out more about the services we provide.