In the months before the winter season starts, everyone should take steps to safeguard different sections of their property. Asphalt surfaces are sometimes ignored, as some people take it for granted that this tough material can take a beating. Winter weather can be especially harsh however, and it can lead to damage and unexpected repair costs. An asphalt surface can withstand the pressure from heavy vehicles, but the cold affects it in a different way, so you should always be ready.
- Sealcoating. This can extend the life of a paved surface, so it should be part of the routine maintenance. These products cover the surface to keep water from penetrating and freezing in winter. The ice will put stress on the material and detach it from the subgrade. It also protects the asphalt from chemical spills and ultraviolet light which will dry out the material.
- Deicing. Be ready to use deicers when winter is in full swing, as asphalt maintenance is ongoing. Keep in mind that deicing products can damage asphalt that wasn’t sealed properly. If it is necessary, you should prepare for repairs after the winter season is over.
- Seal cracks. Every asphalt surface develops cracks after a while, and these must be sealed to keep low temperatures from causing more damage. Water will freeze in these cracks and make them wider. The sub layer could be affected as well. Call a technician to clean out the cracks and fill them with the right material before winter.
- Patching. If there are potholes in the paved sections of your property, it is guaranteed that they will bigger after winter. These repairs can be expensive as they usually involve the sub layer as well. You can use cold mix as a temporary fix, or call an asphalt repair company for a long term solution to the problem.
Some people spread sand on their asphalt surfaces to help with traction in winter. This is usually helpful, but it is best to check the surfaces for cracks before spreading sand, as it can lead to further damage. You should also take steps to protect these areas during the winter season. Remove heavy snow buildup regularly by shoveling or with a snow plough. Before winter, contact a paving company to have your property checked so repairs can be carried out. This will be less expensive than dealing with winter damage.