Asphalt Winter CareThursday, November 18, 2021
Asphalt is naturally porous so it will absorb water from the environment. When water penetrates asphalt in winter, it can expand and freeze beneath the surface of the driveway, causing cracks and other issues.
The more cracks appear in your driveway, the more water it can absorb, leading to further cracking and deterioration of the asphalt. These problems can significantly shorten the life of your driveway.
The Winter season is hard on asphalt because due to the ice and snow on the ground. A new driveway is especially vulnerable. You should protect your driveway through maintenance.
Know the Signs of Asphalt Failure
Watch your new driveway for signs of asphalt failure like miniature cracks and potholes. Since your driveway is newly laid, you shouldn’t see damage to the asphalt. So if cracks are found, your maintenance habits could be creating a problem, or there could be a problem with the structure of the driveway itself.
Reach Out to Your Paving Company to Schedule a Sealcoating
Have your driveway sealcoated as soon as it's ready. Paving contractors get busy in spring, so scheduling your sealcoating far in advance can help ensure that you're on the schedule. If you have more questions about what you can do to maintain your new asphalt driveway this winter, contact the experts at Total Asphalt Paving. We can give you advice and help you understand more about your driveway.
At Total Asphalt Paving, Inc., we're happy to help residents maintain their asphalt in winter as well as throughout the year. Call us today to find out more at 586-752-9060.
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