It is essential to maintain asphalt driveways, especially winter. Due to the freezing weather and freezing precipitation, your asphalt driveway is at risk of being damaged in the winter. There are several things you can do to prevent damage to your driveway during this season. Read on as local gutter company Advantage Seamless shares tips on how you can protect your driveway during the winter.
Gently and Properly Shovel Your Driveway
Shoveling your driveway not only makes it easier to get in and out of your garage, but also protects your asphalt. Snow and ice melting on your driveway can seep through the pavement and create water damage. Remove snow from your driveway as soon as possible after it falls in order to prevent it from causing damage. While your asphalt driveway may not appear to be particularly weak, it is susceptible to harm if you use unnecessary force while shoveling.
Avoid being too rough when shoveling and avoid cutting at the ice. Rough shoveling may result in the chipping or scraping of your driveway’s protective layers. As a preventive measure, use a metal-bladed shovel instead of a plastic one. To prevent damage from cold weather, your local gutter installers will advise you to divert your gutter water away from your driveway.
Your Driveway Should Be Seal-coated
The easiest method to protect your driveway against damage is to plan its protection ahead of time. Seal-coating your driveway is one of the greatest ways to do this. Sealcoating is the process of adding a sealing layer to your driveway to protect it from the elements, such as water, oil and sunlight. Because seal-coating can only cure properly when the temperature is above 50 degrees, it must be done before winter comes.
Make sure your roofing system is ready for winter. Trust Advantage Seamless for your roofing and gutter needs, we offer professional gutters replacement service and ice dam removal. Call us at (218) 270-2663 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in Baxter and Brainerd, MN.