If you live in a place with cold, icy winters and plenty of snow, you know how difficult it is to maintain your Vancouver driveway paving. Regular driveway maintenance is incredibly important and if you want to keep your driveway’s curb appeal, ensure its optimal function and secure its longevity, you’ll want to learn the best ways to care for it during the harsh winter months. Regular maintenance also ensures your home’s driveway is safe, as it minimizes the chances of slips and falls.
Here are some of the best ways to maintain your Vancouver driveway paving during the holidays.
Have an expert take a look at trees and shrubs surrounding your driveway. They can let you know which ones threaten the foundation and need to be relocated to a safer area. This avoids future cracking and damage.
Consider a Sealcoat
Any expert you talk to will advise you to periodically seal your driveway every 3 or so years. Sealing involves installing a top layer of asphalt which acts as a protective surface to protect your asphalt driveway underneath. It prolongs the life of your driveway and minimizes the damaging effects of harsh temperatures, water and weather conditions. Sealer prevents water, air, sunlight, chemicals that drip out of vehicles and dirt and grime from penetrating your pavement and causing further problems like deterioration and cracking. This can also weaken the foundation.
Sealant helps to:
- Save you money in the long run
- Give your driveway a fresh, clean, brand new look
- Accelerate the melting of ice and snow on paving, helping prevent water, rain and snow from penetrating it and causing damage.
- Prevent damage done by sun, heat and UV rays
Salt and de-icing fluids can be incredibly damaging to asphalt surfaces, so avoid using salt on your driveway during the winter. Salt can lead to cracks and all sorts of other damage. When using a shovel, make sure the blade is high enough to where it doesn’t cause damage to the surface underneath.
Avoid Heavy Equipment
Don’t park heavy vehicles or heavy equipment on your driveway as it is not meant to handle their weight, especially for long periods of time. Park out on the road.
Get Professional Help
At Richmond Blacktop, we can help de-ice your driveway and safely yet effectively clear it of ice and snow. Whether you have an old driveway that needs a fresh sealcoat or simply need your driveway professionally and promptly cleared of ice, we can help.
Simply give us a call to get a free estimate and get immediate service on Vancouver driveway paving.