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5 Tips To Help Protect Your Asphalt Driveway This Winter

by Kathy Knight

While it is true that winter is still some time away, it is never too early to ensure that you are armed with the right information to protect your asphalt pavement from the winter elements. Snow and ice can wreak havoc on asphalt, leaving behind large cracks and potholes that are not only unsightly but also dangerous. So, here are five tips to help ensure you know how to properly protect your asphalt driveway when winter comes around this year:

Tip #1: Remove Debris Before It Snows

The very first thing that you should do is to remove any debris from your driveway and clean it thoroughly. In doing so, you will be revealing any potential issues, such as cracks, potholes, etc. that need to be repaired.

Tip #2: Fill Cracks and Seal Your Asphalt

If you wait to make your repairs until after winter, they will only be worse when spring rolls around. The cracks will widen and lengthen due to the moisture that seeps into them, freezes and then thaws. Potholes are the same way.

If it is still early enough in the year, you need to consider sealcoating your asphalt after you have repaired the cracks and potholes. In order to cure properly, though, you need temperatures of 50 degrees or higher. So, depending on when you begin making repairs, you may be unable to seal your driveway until spring, but the good news is that you can still make the repairs even during winter. For more information on asphalt sealing, talk to a professional in your area.

Tip #3: Look for Pooling Water

If you notice an area in your driveway where water is pooling, even if it isn't a large area, then there is a very good chance that it could turn into a pothole area by spring. This particular area is compromised and should be repaired as soon as possible. If possible, the repairs should be made now before winter arrives.

Tip #4: Make Sure to Shovel on a Regular Basis

Throughout the winter, shoveling is going to be key to protecting your asphalt driveway from the snow. By removing the snow before it has a chance to melt, you are ensuring there is no chance of any standing water building up on the asphalt driveway where it can cause damage.

Tip #5: Be Careful With De-icing Products

It isn't uncommon for people to use de-icing products, but there are certain environmental effects that are cause for concern. For example, the salt in these products will get in the water that will reach plants, animals, and even the local waterways. So, if you use de-icing products, you may want to use them sparingly. 

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