As the leaves start to turn colors and the temperatures cool down, it’s time to get your asphalt paved surfaces ready for the snow, ice, road salt and chilly temperatures that lie ahead. The transition from Autumn to Winter often creates periods of freezing and thawing as temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing. Water can seep into cracks and crevices, then freeze, turn to ice and expand, causing larger cracking and other damage. That’s why driveway maintenance is so important in the Fall.
Here’s some tips you can use to prepare your asphalt paved surfaces for Wisconsin’s winter weather.
Pressure washing your paved surface removes dirt, debris, chemicals, and petroleum products that can otherwise be carried into cracks and cause additional damage. Pressure washing also adds to the curb appeal of your driveway and/or parking lot.
Fall’s moderate temperatures are optimal for crack sealing. Taking care of cracked or deteriorated pavement now can minimize further damage during the winter freeze and the spring thaw.
Sealcoating is crucial for your asphalt driveway during the long, cold winter months. It creates a barrier against moisture and prolongs the life of your asphalt pavement. It also enhances the asphalt’s appearance and color. Sealcoating should be done every 2 to 3 years. Unsealed asphalt is susceptible to cracks which, if left untreated, can result in costly repairs of potholes or sub-layers.
Protect Your Edges
This is an important but often overlooked step in asphalt maintenance. Edge the driveway to keep grass and weeds from invading the driveway and creating cracks that invite moisture into the material, opening it up to permanent damage.
Fall asphalt driveway maintenance can help maintain the integrity of your paved surfaces and prevent more costly repairs in the future. If you’d like some help, give us a call for a no-cost assessment. We can create a pavement maintenance plan for your business that meets your budget and needs.