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How to Protect Your Asphalt Driveway from Winter Weather Damage

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Winter is here, and with it comes the inevitable cold temperatures, snow, and ice. While these conditions might be a wonderland for some, they can spell disaster for your asphalt driveway. With fluctuating temperatures and the potential for ice and snow, winter can pose a significant threat to the integrity of your pavement. At Texas Paving Services, a 5-star rated, locally owned business serving the DFW area, we’re here to help you safeguard your investment.

Understanding the Threats

Before diving into protective measures, it’s essential to understand the threats posed by winter weather.

Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Freeze-thaw cycles can cause havoc on asphalt. Water seeps into the tiniest of cracks, freezes, expands, and then thaws, leading to larger cracks or even potholes.

Chemical Damage

The salts and deicers used to melt snow and ice can erode asphalt, leading to surface degradation and internal structural damage.

Physical Pressure

Snowplows, shovels, and other winter tools can scrape or damage the surface if not used properly.

Protective Measures for Your Driveway

Now that we’ve identified the threats let’s dive into the best practices to keep your asphalt driveway safe this winter.

1. Sealcoat Your Driveway

  • Sealcoating provides a protective layer against water penetration and chemical erosion.
  • It also restores the rich black color of the asphalt, enhancing curb appeal.
  • Ensure you apply the sealcoat during warmer months as it requires above-freezing temperatures to set.

2. Fill in the Cracks

  • Before winter arrives, inspect your driveway for any cracks.
  • Fill them using a high-quality crack filler to prevent water from seeping in.
  • Addressing cracks promptly can prevent more significant damage down the line.

3. Regularly Clean Your Driveway

  • Keep your driveway free of debris like leaves, twigs, and dirt.
  • A clean driveway reduces the risk of water retention and subsequent freezing.

4. Use Safe Deicing Agents

  • Avoid rock salt; instead, opt for alternatives like calcium chloride or magnesium chloride, which are less damaging to asphalt.
  • Additionally, sand can provide traction without causing chemical damage.

5. Be Gentle with Snow Removal

  • When using snowblowers or shovels, be cautious not to scrape or damage the asphalt’s surface.
  • It might be beneficial to keep a protective layer of snow on the driveway to prevent direct contact with tools.

In Conclusion

Winter can be tough on asphalt driveways, but with a little preparation and care, you can ensure yours remains in excellent condition. Remember, if you need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to call Texas Paving Services for your next project at 682-346-6680. Protect your investment by partnering with the best in the DFW area.

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