The wintertime can deliver harsh weather to your newly sealed or paved driveway in the form of freezing rain, ice, and snow. All of these elements will directly affect how long your driveway will last and look new. This means that it is imperative that you use tips from the professionals at Cooper Paving when caring for your driveway during the winter months, whether you have a driveway made of asphalt in Annapolis, MD or concrete.
- It is important to take precautions when clearing snow from your driveway as you can scratch or chip your driveway if you do not clear it properly. If you use a plow to remove snow from your driveway, make sure that the blade is lifted enough so that it does not scrape your driveway. If you use a shovel to remove snow from your driveway, and your shovel has a metal edge, then the same technique must be applied when removing your snow as you would with a plow. Alternatively, you can use a shovel with a plastic edge. This will ensure no damage to your driveway when shoveling.
Avoid Deicing Materials
- Sure, deicing materials will effectively melt away snow and ice on your driveway. However, if you have a newly paved concrete driveway or an asphalt driveway that has not been recently sealed while using deicing chemicals, this can cause an issue. The deicing chemicals can penetrate your driveway, and if they do, they will be subject to freezing and thawing as the weather changes, which can cause your driveway to crack and scale.
Clean and Seal Regularly
- The best way to ensure your driveway is prepared to handle the harsh winter months is to clean and seal your driveway in the fall, no matter whether you have asphalt or concrete. The best way to do this is to power wash your driveway, and then seal it shortly afterward to prevent any issues during the winter months. This will prevent anything from getting stuck inside your driveway and causing damage if it freezes, expands, thaws, and then shrinks again.
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