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Winter Asphalt Maintenance Tips

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Winter weather can wreak havoc on your asphalt parking lots and driveways. While asphalt is the preferred paving material in Pittsburgh and other northeastern areas of the United States due to its ability to withstand colder temperatures, this durable material can cause you problems if it is not adequately maintained before and during the winter months.

Five Tips for Winter Maintenance

To avoid costly repairs once spring rolls around, follow these five tips to extend the life of your asphalt investment.

1. Inspect for Signs of Damage

Before winter, preferably early Fall, inspect your parking lot or driveway for any cracks, holes or potential signs of damage. If you spot problem areas, contact a professional paving service, such as Roadstar Paving, to repair the area immediately. Waiting too long can result in larger, more costly repairs down the road. A small crack may seem insignificant at first, but once the winter weather seeps into the cracks, it can cause significant damage to the substrate. Also, once snow is on the ground, it will be more difficult for the repair work to be completed.

2. Apply a Sealant

Roadstar Paving recommends that you apply a high-quality sealant every three years to protect and extend the life of your asphalt driveway. Sealants help to maintain the strength of the foundation while rejuvenating the protective layer that shields the asphalt surface from the elements.

Sealants should be applied when the temperature is optimal for doing so. For proper adhesion, it is recommended that the outside temperature be more than 50 degrees, but less than 90 degrees. Also, it is best for the surface to be free of rain or any water for at least two days after application.

3. Remove Dirt and Debris

Ensuring that your asphalt surface is free of dirt, leaves, and debris should be part of your regular maintenance plan year round, but especially before the snow falls. Once the debris becomes trapped under the snow and ice, it can freeze to the asphalt surface ultimately causing harm to the environment and the surface of your driveway or parking lot.

4. Remove Snow Often

Snow build up not only becomes a hazard to drivers and pedestrians, but it can damage asphalt surfaces. In addition to the continual expansion and contraction of the asphalt caused by the snow covering, the excessive weight on the surface increases the chances of breakage. By removing the snow immediately and regularly, it prevents the snow from melting and refreezing, which can lead to more significant damage and hazardous conditions. Hiring professionals, like Roadstar Paving, to maintain your parking lots and driveway will ensure your asphalt is properly cared for and preserved.

5. Avoid Using Salt to De-Ice Surfaces

In Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, using salt to avoid slippery conditions on parking lots and driveways is a common practice. Unfortunately, rock salt is highly corrosive and can wreak havoc on asphalt. It is recommended that you use safe de-icing agents, preferably ones containing magnesium chloride, that are less harsh and cause less damage to your asphalt investment.

Use Pittsburgh Seal Coating for Extended Preservation

To extend the life of your asphalt investment, regular and preventative maintenance is required, especially before and during winter. Hiring Roadstar Paving, located in Coraopolis, PA, to regularly inspect the condition of your driveway, maintain its surface and make any needed repairs will not only extend the life of your investment but will save you from costly repairs in the future. Call Roadstar Paving at 412-318-5869 for accurate and fair estimates on all residential and commercial asphalt paving and maintenance projects.