Your asphalt driveway is an investment. As with every investment – maintenance is key to long term use and quality. Winters in the Midwest can be very harsh. The elements can cause some real damage if not properly planned for. Here are some tips to keep your asphalt pavement strong and durable all winter long.
Enter Winter with a Clean Driveway
As fall is coming to an end, it’s important to stay on top of your driveway right now. Keep debris, leaves and twigs off your driveway as much as possible so you have less build up underneath the snow once it falls.
Seal Coat Your Driveway Every 2 – 5 Years
It is highly recommended to have your asphalt driveway professionally seal coated every 2-5 years. Armored Sealcoating uses top quality materials and superior workmanship to make the sealcoat last longer so you have less often maintenance necessary.
Keep up on Stain and Oil Removal
Asphalt sealant will of course help protect your asphalt driveway from stains, but it doesn’t mean it’s a 100% barrier. It is still smart to get in the habit of cleaning up any spills that can stain the surface. This will prevent discoloration from happening, as well as chemicals to deteriorate the asphalt sealant and asphalt itself. You can use a pressure washer and chemical stain remover to clean these.
Pay Attention to Your Driveway
Your driveway can speak to you (so to speak). Watch for cracks to form and catch them early on. You can stop a crack from growing by filling it as soon as it begins. If you have a wider, larger crack or a web of cracks, this means the damage is a little further along. The top surface of your asphalt is deteriorating and may need a little more extensive repair or resurfacing.
Clear Snow and Ice as Soon as Possible
It is recommended to shovel or snow blow as soon as possible after each snowfall. Allowing multiple snow falls to happen and build up can allow a thick layer of ice to form. This ice can be harsh on your driveway and make for an even worse freeze-thaw process.