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

Time to Sealcoat Your Asphalt

Whether you have a small asphalt driveway at your home or a large asphalt parking lot for your business, sealcoating should be part of your maintenance plan. Every 2-4 years, sealcoating should be performed to protect the integrity of your asphalt. Regular sealcoating can extend the life of your driveway or parking lot, saving you thousands of dollars off replacement. Here are a few things you should know about sealcoating.

  • Water protection. Sealcoating helps repel water that is the enemy of your asphalt. When water is allowed to seep into the cracks of your asphalt, it can begin to erode your surface from the inside out. Sealcoating adds a protective layer to keep water out, preventing early erosion.
  • Aesthetics. Is your asphalt driveway or parking lot looking a little worn? Sealcoating will give it a fresh look again. For parking lots, you may need to repaint lines after sealcoating- talk to your paving company about whether they offer asphalt repainting.
  • Summer is a great time to sealcoat. Warmer weather is ideal for sealcoating. If your asphalt is due to receive sealcoating this year, summer is the best time to schedule your sealcoating service.
  • Hire a professional. Although you can buy DIY sealcoating, it is rarely as easy as it looks to apply. Sealcoating service is not overly expensive and doing it yourself can be difficult and often a waste of time. Hire a professional to have it done right to protect your investment.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your asphalt sealcoated this summer. Before you know it the wet fall and winter storms will roll in. Call your local paving company today.

Posted on behalf of:
ACE Paving & Maintenance
5665 Atlanta Highway
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 451-3226

 

Sealcoat Your Driveway Before The Warm Weather Ends

Late spring, summer and fall are usually the best times to sealcoat your driveway, due to the favorable weather conditions common during this period. Although it depends on the weather in the individual region where sealcoating is being applied, in most areas of the U.S., April through November is generally the best time to consider adding sealcoating due to the dry and warm conditions. With the winter months quickly approaching, now is the time to schedule sealcoating before the weather begins to change.

 

Weather Factors That Effect Sealcoating

While sealcoating can be applied at a variety of temperatures, there are ideal conditions for applying this protective coat on asphalt. Most asphalt needs to be sealcoated about every three years to keep it protected from the elements. For this coating to adhere correctly, the weather should be dry, with moderate heat. The best time sealcoat are when the following factors are in place: 

  • Not too hot. You want warm weather for asphalt sealcoating, but not too hot. If the temperature is above 90 degrees, the asphalt will need to be cooled by misting before the coating can be applied. Sealcoating at these high temperatures can cause the coating to wear prematurely.
     
  • Not too cold. On the other hand, you don’t want to attempt driveway work if temperatures will be too cool when sealcoating is applied. For the best results, outdoor temperatures should be above 50 degrees. In an ideal situation, the temperature would be around 70 degrees, making it perfect weather for sealcoating.
  • No rain for 24 hours. Although it can be hard to plan for dry weather, rain can destroy newly applied sealcoating. While a light rain can be tolerated, a heavy rain storm will often ruin the new coating that was just added to your asphalt. 

With the last days of summer coming quickly to an end, if you have been planning on having sealcoating added to your asphalt this year, schedule your appointment now. The fall will soon slip away into winter weather, which is harder to predict for sealcoating your driveway.

Posted on behalf of Sunshine Services Unlimted, Inc.