My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Asphalt is porous, so it naturally absorbs water. During freeze/thaw cycles, moisture that has been absorbed into the asphalt can freeze and expand, causing the driveway to become cracked and pitted. Knowing how to protect your asphalt driveway in the winter can help you maintain your driveway for many years to come.
How can you protect your asphalt driveway in winter?
The most important thing you can do to protect your asphalt driveway in winter is to prevent it from absorbing water. To do this, you'll need to seal its pores and cover any cracks in the asphalt. Doing this waterproofs your asphalt and prevents it from absorbing water that will turn into ice.
What's the process for sealing the cracks in the asphalt?
Cracks in asphalt can be sealed with crack filler, available for purchase in home improvement centers and hardware stores. Pay close attention to the type of crack filler you purchase, because many different crack fillers are to be used with cracks of a specific size. To seal the cracks, you'll start by removing any debris from the cracks (like weeds and pebbles). When the cracks are completely cleaned out, cover each crack with a bead of filler. Finally, use a squeegee to smooth out the crack filler so that it covers the sides of the cracks.
How can you seal the pores in the asphalt?
Sealing your asphalt (known as sealcoating) can be done every other year, or as soon as the asphalt starts to look dry. Like crack filler, sealant can be purchased at home improvement centers and hardware stores. To reseal your asphalt, you'll start by filling the cracks (as described above). Filling in the cracks before sealcoating the driveway will help ensure that the driveway is capable of repelling moisture. Once this is done, you'll need to pour the sealcoat out onto the asphalt and spread it around with a squeegee. Sealcoating can ruin your clothes, so you'll want to do this while wearing a pair of old pants and shoes that you don't care about.
If you're not up to the task of sealcoating your driveway on your own, sealcoating can also be done by an asphalt paving company.
Are there advantages to having sealcoat applied by an asphalt paving company?
Having your driveway sealcoated by a professional company like Phend & Brown will help ensure that your sealcoat is applied properly and your driveway is capable of withstanding winter's freeze/thaw cycles.
For more information about how you can protect your driveway in winter, contact a reputable asphalt paving company.