Even the best paved surfaces can slowly start to deteriorate due to weather conditions and the stresses created by vehicle usage, unless properly maintained. For those of us in Wisconsin, our extreme winter conditions can really accelerate the process. Below zero temps and thawing cycles are the major culprits as moisture gets trapped, then expands and contracts creating cracks that can spread from their origins causing big problems.
As with most ailments, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to mitigating winter’s harsh effect on your driveway or parking lot. Here’s a few things you can do:
- Fill all cracks to stop or slow rain water from entering the stone base, which creates softness in the stone base, allowing the asphalt above it to crack and fail. Pay special attention to the north side of your lot, where daily sunshine may be at a premium.
- Guard your asphalt from the snow, sleet, salt and oils with a sealcoating, which should be done every 2 to 3 years. This will insure a longer lasting life for your pavement and lower repair costs and put off replacement.
- Make sure your drainage is adequate to avoid standing water on paved surfaces. Check and clean debris from drainage inlet, pipes and swales used to guide storm water from the surface.
- Avoid snow plow damage to the pavement, curbs and landscaping by clearly marking these areas prior to the first snowfall. Consider reflective markets along the edge of existing pavement, curbs and sidewalks.
Contact us if you have questions or would like a free estimate for seal coating or preventive maintenance. By the way, we also offer 24/7 snow plowing service for commercial clients.