Preparation Tips To Help You Get Your Asphalt Ready For Winter

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With the cold weather arriving, it is time to begin preparing your yard and home's exterior for winter and the cold and icy weather to follow over the next few months. Winter weather can be harsh on your asphalt pavement in the damage ice and snow can cause to an unprotected pavement. Here are some tips to help you prepare your asphalt for winter.

Clean and Prepare the Asphalt

To prepare your asphalt for completing repairs, you will need to clean its surface of any vehicle fluids and debris that have collected over the summer and fall. Vehicle fluids that drip from your and other vehicles driving and parking on its surface can cause your asphalt to soften and fray, resulting in a loss of strength and a loss of aggregate from the asphalt. Fluids, such as gasoline and oil are petroleum-based and can cause pitting on your pavement.

Use an asphalt cleaner and a long-handled scrub brush to clean the fluids from the surface. Then, rinse the cleaner with a pressure washer or a garden hose. Make sure you rinse the cleaner along with any fluids completely from the surface. Leaving any of the fluids on your pavement, even combined with water can continue to cause damage to the asphalt's top layers. If this occurs, you will need to remove the damaged portion from your pavement and replace it with a new asphalt patch.

Repair Damage and Apply Surface Protection

Your asphalt may also be showing signs of sun oxidation with cracking over its surface. First, clean out any cracks in your pavement's surface, using your garden hose or pressure washer to remove dirt and debris.

To your cleaned-out cracks over the pavement, apply a patching compound to fill the damage. If you leave existing cracks in your pavement, they can become larger and much worse during winter. As snow and ice melt upon the sun-absorbing black surface of your pavement, the water fills the cracks and refreezes when the temperature falls at night. And because water expands when it freezes, it will slowly widen each crack.

To repair thin cracks, you can fill them using a liquid asphalt filler, which levels itself as you squeeze it from a tube. For wider cracks, it is best to use a cold patch asphalt filler. Use a trowel to press it into the cracks, filling each crack in layers and compressing the layers as you complete the repair.

Last, you should apply a protective sealcoating layer onto your repaired asphalt. This type of sealant provides a water-barrier layer and fully seals the surface of any repair patches and tiny cracks, preventing winter damage. Talk to an asphalt installation professional about sealcoating your pavement. Contact a company, like Arrow Blacktop & Masonry Inc, for more help.

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