Winter can be harsh on your property, especially on surfaces like asphalt concrete driveways. It can take a toll on your driveway’s structural integrity and appearance. Reinforced Concrete understands the importance of protecting your investment, and we’re here to provide you with essential tips to keep your asphalt concrete driveway in optimal condition throughout the winter months.
1. Pre-Winter Inspection:
Before winter start conduct a thorough inspection of your driveway. Look for any existing cracks, potholes, or areas of deterioration. Addressing these issues before winter can prevent them from worsening due to the expansion and contraction caused by freezing and thawing.
2. Snow Removal Techniques:
When it comes to snow removal, opt for snow shovels with plastic blades or snow blowers rather than metal tools that can damage the surface of your driveway. Avoid using sharp objects like metal snow shovels, as they can scrape and chip the asphalt concrete.
3. De-Icing Solutions:
Choose de-icing products carefully. Some traditional de-icers, such as rock salt, can accelerate the deterioration of asphalt concrete. Instead, consider using calcium magnesium acetate or sand for traction. If you use de-icing chemicals, follow the recommended application rates and promptly remove any excess to minimize their impact on your driveway.
4. Regular Cleaning:
Regularly clean your driveway to remove snow, ice, and debris promptly. This not only enhances the visual appreance of your property but also prevents the accumulation of materials that can contribute to the deterioration of the asphalt concrete over time.
5. Professional Maintenance:
Consider scheduling professional maintenance for your driveway. Professional services, such as crack filling and patching, can find minor issues before they escalate into more significant problems, extending the lifespan of your asphalt concrete.
6. Mindful Parking:
Be mindful of where you park your vehicles. Avoid parking in the same spot for extended periods, leading to depressions in the asphalt concrete surface. Distribute the weight of parked cars to minimize potential damage.
By implementing these proactive measures, you can safeguard your asphalt concrete driveway from the challenges of winter weather. Reinforced Concrete is dedicated to helping you maintain the longevity and integrity of your property. Follow these expert tips to ensure your driveway remains resilient, functional, and visually appealing throughout winter.