Winter Maintenance Tips for Asphalt Driveways, Commercial Parking Lots and Roads
Winter has finally arrived and with it will eventually come frigid temperatures, snow, salt and plowing. All seasons introduce damaging elements for your paved driveway or parking lot but the winter months offer the most challenging and damaging conditions. Ensuring that the asphalt is maintained properly will improve safety for both vehicles and pedestrians and eliminate unwelcome surprises such as ‘crocodile cracking’ that can lead to potholes. Crocodile cracking, often called fatigue cracking or alligator cracking, is a common type of distress in asphalt pavement and is characterized by interconnecting cracks resembling a crocodile hide.
A few simple steps will help keep your asphalt in top condition. First look for cracks and contact us to repair and seal them as quickly as possible, preferably before the very cold weather. A comprehensive inspection by an All County Asphalt professional can help identify early warning signs and alert you before the problem gets bigger. Simple small cracks can lead to major damage if water gets inside, freezes and thaws over time leading to the expansion of the asphalt which will increase the size of the cracks and eventually lead to potholes.
Excess water below the asphalt can damage the foundation layer, resulting in pot holes as the asphalt begins to crack and become unstable. It is critical to identify areas of concern early, properly clean out the section, and then seal the cracks to keep water from getting in. Regular inspections and maintenance will not only keep your asphalt looking its best longer, but it will also reduce the risk of structural damage and increase safety.
Snow plows can cause major problems. Inexperienced drivers can easily damage asphalt by incorrectly using the plow and scraping off the top surface during the snow removal process. An inexperienced driver can also damage driveway and sidewalk curbs; one way to reduce this risk is to install visible markers in appropriate locations. Shovels that are too sharp can also cause damage and so it is important to consider your own equipment as well as the equipment of the person doing any work on your behalf.
Using the proper de-icing agent is also vital to maintaining your asphalt surface. For example, rock salt can be damaging to porous material like asphalt and cement. Instead use a milder product such as potassium chloride and ask the type of material used by any contractors you hire.
These asphalt maintenance tips will help to make sure that your pavement or other asphalt surfaces are well maintained and safe year round. You can direct any questions or concerns about your driveway, street or parking lot to us by calling 845-356-4800 or completing our on line form found on this website. We look forward to working with you.