Preparing your Asphalt Driveway for Winter


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In order to keep things around the house running smoothly through the winter and well into spring, there’s always winter preparation that needs to be done – for the lawn, the house, the car, and even your driveway. Don’t wait to make your winter preparations until it’s too late.

 

 

Some professionals in the asphalt repair business have put together this list of ways to help you prepare your asphalt driveway for the winter snow.

 

Clean up

Clear your driveway of any debris, like rocks, branches, leaves, pinecones, etc. This will ensure easier snow removal and will reveal any cracks or potholes that need to be repaired. Cleaning up your driveway will also prevent large pieces of debris from freezing and damaging the surface of your asphalt. You can use a broom or leaf blower for quick removal of small debris.

 

 

Repair

Now is the time to make any last-minute repairs to your asphalt driveway before winter really hits hard. Fill any potholes to prevent the chance of them filling with snow or ice and getting even larger. Likewise, fill any cracks in the pavement to prevent water from seeping in and expanding when it freezes. You can also seal coat your driveway to protect it from harsh weather conditions.

 

Stock up

Stock up on any necessary items you might need for snow and ice removal before the snow hits. Pick up a good shovel, deicing salt, and make sure your snow blower is ready to go. If you have a large driveway, you might even want to consider professional snow removal services.

Do yourself a favor now and start preparing your driveway before winter arrives and it’s too late. It’s much easier to clean up now and make small repairs than it will be to make large structural repairs in the spring.

 

 

 

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