Knowing how snow affects your paving is very important when it comes to prevention and treatment. With winter just around the corner, it’s probably a good idea we begin to prepare for the soon-to-come low temperatures. Snow is not always the enemy, especially when we get to play in it and make snowmen, but when it comes to our home’s driveway and the streets we use daily, it can be. Getting informed is the best way to begin your journey of properly and efficiently caring for your paving so it can last for years to come. Let’s look at the top ways that snow can affect paved surfaces:
The Dreaded Freeze & Thaw Cycle
The freeze and thaw cycle can be horribly detrimental to your asphalt and concrete. Essentially what happens is the water during wintertime freezes in the nooks and crannies of the asphalt, expands and what you are left with is small (or big) cracks once the ice/snow is melted. This can be largely detrimental to your paving.
A vital step in ensuring this doesn’t happen is by applying a sealcoat to your surface in order to create a protective barrier between the asphalt and the ice. Sealcoat kill two birds with one stone (or multiple, rather) as they are not only great for wintertime, but summer-time as well protecting your asphalt from the heat, petroleum runoff and fading.
Snow plows, although incredibly helpful can sometimes scratch the asphalt’s surface if not used properly. Always make sure to seek out a professional with experience in the field should you wish to get snow removal services. Richmond Blacktop’s experts will ensure the job is done efficiently and up to the highest industry standard.
Salting can work hand in hand with how snow affects your paving and how it damages it. There are always the standard salts that are used to melt snow and ice off sidewalks and paved surfaces by lowering the freezing point, but you need to know which one is right to use. Some can do more harm than good, in which case, always consult with a paving professional before using melting agents and deicers in general.
We can inform you of how snow affects your paving in the long run, and how to begin preventing damage at home. Make sure to contact Richmond Blacktop should you have any questions or need paving services for the upcoming winter. We provide snow removal and salting, asphalt paving and a wide range of other services to suit your needs.