How to Winterize Your Asphalt Driveway

There are many items around your home that need to be made ready for winter. Your pool, yard, furnace and even your vehicles may need winterizing. One area that often is forgot is the asphalt on your driveway. Winters can be tough on asphalt and cause premature deterioration. To protect your investment, make sure to add your driveway to your winterizing to-do list.

Steps for Winterizing Asphalt

Asphalt’s natural enemies are moisture and cold temperatures. When water is allowed to get inside asphalt, it causes deterioration. Even worse, if the temperatures dip below the freezing level, water in the asphalt can freeze, damaging from the inside by expanding and contracting. To winterize your asphalt, you want to seal cracks that allow water to seep inside. Follow these steps to winterize your asphalt:

  • Clean your surface. Gas, oil and other chemicals that drip on your driveway can accelerate cracking. Clean your asphalt using a detergent and water to remove chemicals.
  • Repair cracks and holes. Inspect your driveway and fix any cracks or holes in your driveway. This can help keep water from seeping inside, slowing deterioration.
  • Sealcoat if needed. Asphalt driveways should be sealcoated every few years to keep it protected. If it has been over two years, consider sealcoating to add more protection for the upcoming winter.

If you skip winterizing your driveway, it can lead to more pot holes, cracking and ruin the sub-base underneath. Make sure your asphalt is repaired and sealed to withstand the wet, cold months ahead. If you need crack or pothole repair, or it is time to sealcoat, call your local paving contractor to help you properly winterize your driveway.

Posted on behalf of:
Sunshine Services
8371 McAllister Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
(561) 945-0187

Can I Sealcoat My Driveway in the Fall?

Summer may seem like a good time to sealcoat your driveway, but the hot temperatures and other deterrents can get in the way. When the thermometer stays above 90 degrees for weeks on end and constant events and obligations get in the way, it may be fall before you can finally consider giving your asphalt driveway the sealcoating it needs. The good news is fall is a perfect time to sealcoat your driveway and give it the protection it needs for years to come.

Asphalt Sealcoating Basics

Asphalt can last for decades, but it does need maintenance. Sealcoating every few years adds protection to the surface, deterring cracks and water penetration that leads to pot holes and crumbling. How often you need to sealcoat depends on how much you use your driveway and the region where you live. In most cases, every 2-3 years is recommended for sealcoating asphalt for routine maintenance. It will add the protective coating needed and has the additional benefit of making your driveway look like new again.

For sealcoating, you want warm, dry temperatures. A stretch of 2-3 days of 40-80 degrees without rain is the perfect scenario for sealcoating. Fall often offers plenty of weeks of warm, dry weather in most regions of the country. You can easily find a time to schedule your sealcoating with a local paving contractor to ensure your driveway is sealed and protected before winter arrives.

If fall arrived and your driveway still needs sealcoating, you still have plenty of time to ensure it is completed before the wet or cold winter weather arrives. Talk to your local paving company to find the best time to get your service this fall.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Benefits of an Asphalt Driveway

There are many options when it comes to paving your driveway. Pavers, concrete, brick and asphalt are all options, but there are some benefits to choosing asphalt. There is a good reason you see so many asphalt driveways and parking lots – including these benefits.

  • Longevity. When maintained, asphalt driveways can last for twenty or more years. The material can handle heavy weight without cracking like concrete, including large commercial vehicles. If you want a driveway that will last for decades, even with heavy traffic, asphalt is an excellent choice.
  • Easy maintenance. Asphalt is simple to keep clean and easy to maintain. It does not show stains as easily as light pavers or concrete. A quick pressure washing or sweep can make it look beautiful again.
  • Low cost. When it comes to cost, asphalt is one of the most inexpensive materials for paving, especially considering how long it lasts. If you are on a budget, you can add asphalt to your driveway for much less than most other paving materials.
  • Fast installation. Want a new driveway right away? Asphalt cures quickly and can be ready for use in as soon as one day. Pavers can take days just to install and concrete may not be ready for use for a week. Asphalt is the fastest way to pave your driveway and have it ready for almost immediate use.

When it comes to cost-efficient, long-lasting materials for your driveway, it is hard to beat asphalt. It looks beautiful if kept maintained with sealcoating every few years. Talk to your local paving company to learn more about the advantages of using asphalt for your new driveway surface.

ACE Paving & Maintenance
3465 Francis Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 686-3758

Time For Fall Asphalt Maintenance

With fall in the air, it’s time to start preparing for the colder, wetter months ahead, including maintaining your asphalt driveway or parking lot.  While asphalt can last for decades, it still must be maintained to protect it from erosion and the elements. Summer can be too hot for some types of asphalt maintenance, making fall the perfect time to give your parking surface a little TLC. 

Asphalt Maintenance Checklist

Winter is typically the roughest on asphalt, with cold temperatures which can freeze moisture in the ground, cause it to expand and contract. Add to this rain, snow and other precipitation with the potential to erode the earth surrounding your asphalt, causing weak areas that can turn into potholes and crumbling edges. Take the time now to inspect your asphalt driveway or parking lot for any problems, and make a checklist of items that need to be repaired before winter. 

  • Closely inspect the surface. Potholes start as small cracks and crumbling in your pavement, and worsen as vehicle drive over these weak spots. Look for any signs of possible weak areas which may need reinforcement.
     
  • Check the edges. The edge of a driveway or parking lot is exposed to more erosion, water run-off and other elements, causing pieces of asphalt to begin breaking away and degrading. Look for any signs of cracking or crumbling near the edges.
     
  • Check your records. When was the last time you added sealcoating to your asphalt? If it’s been three or more years, it may be time to schedule another coat to protect your surface. Fall weather is usually perfect for sealcoating. 

Once you have your checklist of necessary repairs and maintenance items, call your local paving company to have these issues resolved before the winter months arrive. Doing maintenance now can stop further deterioration, and prolong the life of your asphalt surface.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Driveway Repair

Maintain Your Asphalt Driveway

Most people seem to forget that their driveway adds to the appearance of their home; thereby, your driveway can either add to, or drain from, the value of your home. We can help protect the investment of our home, in part, by keeping the driveway maintained and free from unattractive potholes and cracks, as well as standing water. 

One of the biggest threat to the health of your asphalt driveway is water, whether as part of the seasonal freeze-thaw cycle or simply standing water from rains or sprinkling. Weeds are also a threat to your driveway and, along with water, can cause erosion and a breaking up of the driveway.

Having a good asphalt seal coating applied to your asphalt driveway can provide protection from the elements and prevent cracks. Some asphalt drivecontractors recommend this be done every other year and springtime is usually preferable in most parts of the country; not only will a fresh coat of sealant repair any residual damage from winter but it will also protect your driveway from the summer sun and rain. 

Standing water collects where “bowls” have formed from areas that have settled lower than the rest of the asphalt driveway. Standing water will eventually cause your driveway to crack so repair is required. Bowls of one inch deep or less can be resolved with additional seal coating; however, if your driveway has bowls any deeper than one inch, it is recommended that your local paving contractor be sought for repair. Cracks left unattended will only get bigger over time. Small cracks can be fixed with emulsion crack filler and prepackaged cold pack blacktop can be used for filling in bigger cracks. Some potholes can be repaired using an asphalt cold patch; however, the bigger and more extensive repairs are best done by a paving professional.