If you have an asphalt driveway, chances are you will need some repairs at the end of the winter. Asphalt is a durable material that dries hard. But with certain patterns of wear, it can be difficult to maintain. You will likely need to have your asphalt repaired or at least sealed on an almost annual basis. It is best to plan ahead and know when your asphalt driveway will need repairs.
Washington winters are generally heavy with precipitation. Although snow is not as common as in other parts of the country, Washington does get quite a bit of rain, drizzle, and light showers. When water builds up around your asphalt driveway, it can deteriorate the gravel and sand base and cause the surface to buckle and crack. It is best to keep water from pooling near your driveway. But if it cannot be avoided, you may need repairs after a precipitation heavy winter.
One of the most damaging things you can do to your asphalt driveway is to put rock salt down when it snows or ices. When water, snow, and ice get on your asphalt driveway, it penetrates through cracks and freezes beneath the surface. If that frozen water is allowed to thaw and penetrate deeper, it will still refreeze. If you absolutely must use rock salt due to safety issues, you should remove all of the residue as soon as possible, but you might still need repairs at the end of the winter.
Studded tires or tires with snow chains are another problem for asphalt driveways in the winter. While these kinds of tires can help you get around in the snow and ice, they are damaging to your driveway. These tires can put holes in your asphalt driveway, which can lead to buckling and cracks with continued precipitation and freezing.
If you have an asphalt driveway, it may be able to last you for years to come with proper maintenance. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your repairs after the winter.