Four Ways Snow Has an Effect on Your Asphalt Pavement

November 20, 2017 7:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Asphalt’s low cost and durability make it one of the best options for a paving material. Unfortunately, as strong as it might be, it’s not completely impervious to Mother Nature. Asphalt in Santa Rosa, CA takes a beating every year from snowstorms and cold temperatures. Keep reading to find out how snow affects your driveway and learn about a few things you can do to prevent snow from being a bigger problem than it needs to be:

  • Freezing and thawing: Every asphalt driveway develops cracks after a while. That’s one of asphalt’s few downsides. Although these cracks start out small, they can grow pretty quickly, especially during the winter. Water from snow gets down in the cracks and eventually freezes and expands. The expansion only gets worse as time goes on. A small crack in October can turn into a sizable hole by the end of winter. Before winter weather hits, talk to our professionals about sealcoating your driveway or parking lot. A new sealcoat will do wonders to prevent cracks from forming or getting worse this year.
  • Snow plows and shovels: As we all know, getting snow and ice off our driveway or parking lot is crucial if we want to ensure nobody slips and falls on our property. However, snow plows and shovels can do a lot of damage to our asphalt. Metal blades scraping your asphalt all winter takes quite a toll on your blacktop. The threat of scraping your asphalt only gets higher if the snow plow operator is inexperienced at his job. Next spring, check your asphalt for any scrape marks. If you find some, it’s a good idea to call us to sealcoat your driveway’s asphalt!
  • Salt and deicers: Laying down salt and other deicing products is an easy way to melt some snow and ensure folks don’t slip on a slick spot. Unfortunately, these deicers can cause more harm than good in the long run. Salt slowly eats away at your asphalt in Santa Rosa, CA, which makes repaving necessary sooner rather than later. Instead of spreading deicers this winter, just shovel your snow as soon as it hits the ground. Being proactive about shoveling or plowing means not needing salt, which prolongs the lifespan of your asphalt.
  • Melting snow: Problems caused by snow aren’t over once all of the snow melts next spring. In fact, one could argue that standing pools of melting snow do just as much damage as snow in the winter. As melted snow sits on your driveway, it begins to eat away at your driveway’s sublayer. Eventually, that sublayer will crumble, and you’ll wind up with dents and divots in your asphalt. Over time, those dents will get deeper and wider. Before you know it, you’ll have a massive hole that needs to be patched up by our professionals. Be sure to remove snow as soon as possible to prevent this from happening to your asphalt.

As you can tell, problems caused by snow and winter weather are just as inevitable as winter itself. Thankfully, Sikes Asphalt Group Inc. is here to solve all of your asphalt’s problems. Whether you need your driveway to be sealcoated or just patched up next spring, there’s no job too big or too small for our team of professionals.

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