Asphalt Sealcoating & Winter Preparation
Paving companies are accustomed to receiving calls from anxious customers, but in the late fall and early spring, many callers are even more worried. In the spring, these callers are dismayed to see the condition that their asphalt pavements are in after the snow and ice melts. In the fall, they are fearful that they may have waited until it is too late to properly prepare their pavements for winter’s onslaught. However, asphalt companies also receive many calls from people who want to know what they can do to ensure that their pavements can survive winter weather with minimal damage.
Asphalt Sealcoating and Winter Preparation
What Are Some Tips for Preparing Asphalt Pavement for Winter Weather?
Asphalt paving may be durable, but without a little help from you, it can age prematurely. A comprehensive program of routine asphalt maintenance can help you get the longest life from your pavement. You want to be sure that the asphalt maintenance contractor, sealcoating professional or paving contractor you hire is reputable, experienced and dependable, so always ask for and verify references. Here are the most common procedures needed to make sure that your asphalt pavement will survive the winter relatively unscathed.
• Have your asphalt sealcoating or paving contractor inspect your pavement before cold weather arrives and again in the spring.
• Keep your pavement clean. Establish a schedule to remove piles of debris, including leaves, trash and dirt. Although you should clean your pavement regularly, cold weather can exacerbate the damage that debris can inflict on asphalt pavement. Some paving companies offer cleaning services for parking lots and other large expanses of pavement.
• Hire a reputable asphalt paving company to repair any breaks in your pavement. It is critical to repair cracks, alligatored asphalt and potholes before freezing temperatures arrive. Water enters through these breaks and becomes trapped. In its liquid state, it can damage the foundation supporting the pavement, but when the water freezes, damage to both the foundation and the pavement can dramatically increase.
• Have a professional check your sealcoating. If necessary, hire a sealcoating contractor to apply fresh sealant. Many people consider sealants as important protection against the sun’s rays during the summer, but sealants are also critical during the winter. A quality sealant helps prevent water infiltration, protects against corrosive chemicals found in some deicing products and helps block the penetration of automotive fluids that can soften asphalt pavement.
Most asphalt companies that offer sealcoating also offer asphalt repairs; they know that sealants cannot do their job if there are breaks in the surface of the pavement or if the sealant is applied to a dirty pavement. Therefore, a credible sealcoating professional may be able to get your pavement ready for winter quite economically. However, you should not delay too long. Once temperatures begin to drop below 50 degrees, it may not be possible to apply sealcoating. If you find yourself in this situation, ask about infrared asphalt repairs or crack fillers so that you can postpone sealcoating until the spring.
At Driveway Sealing Call Frank, we would be happy to evaluate your pavement and advise on the appropriate actions you should take to prepare for winter weather. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of asphalt and concrete pavement for both residential and commercial properties. Our services include sealcoating, crack repair, snow removal, infrared asphalt repair, pothole repair, parking lot striping, asphalt paving and concrete installation. We have more than 20 years of industry experience and have earned a reputation for superior workmanship, exemplary customer service and affordable rates. We offer free quotes, so request yours today by completing our online form or calling us at either 800-DRIVEWAY or 203-378-0080.