Driveway Maintenance for Winter
One of the harshest seasons on your driveway can be winter. Your driveway can take quite the beating from snow and ice as well as the treatments and processes used to remove them. You get the luxury of staying bundled up and indoors most of the time; your driveway does not. It’s up to you to make sure your driveway is protected during the winter months. Preparing in advance can go a long way towards helping extend the life of your driveway. Here are a few key actions to take to address driveway maintenance for winter.
Address Cracks in Pavement
When cracks form in your driveway, you have a potentially serious issue. Rainwater and melting snow will seep into these cracks. As the temperatures drop, this water will expand in the crack. That expansion puts pressure on your pavement, causing it to shift. As the ice melts, your pavement will remain out of place. If you drive over these spots, the surface will likely buckle. As winter proceeds, you will end up with larger and larger cracks.
To avoid this, you will want to fill cracks as soon as you spot them. You can repair small cracks yourself, but larger ones may require a professional paving contractor to tackle the job. In all cases, when calling a pro, you will get a higher quality job with longer-lasting results.
Stock Ice Melt
You will want to have ice melt on hand. But at the same time, it is also important to remember that not all ice melts are made the same. The most common ice melt is rock salt, known as sodium chloride. Rock salt can be extremely harsh to the surface of your driveway. A safer alternative is ice melt made of potassium chloride or magnesium calcium acetate.
An even less harsh alternative is to use kitty litter or sand. These won’t melt ice but are very effective at improving traction.
Of course, this one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s all about the tools and methods. Smaller driveways can be somewhat easily cleared with a shovel. However, larger driveways and commercial lots can be a daunting task. Hiring a contractor to tackle these jobs can save your back and your precious time. Prepare ahead of time by lining up a contractor before the snow starts to fall.
Is your driveway ready for winter? Following these three basic pointers will make your winter go a lot smoother when it comes to your driveway. The ultimate goal is to extend the life of your driveway, ensuring it will be there to serve you for years to come.
Is your driveway in need of some professional repairs as we enter winter? Are you interested in hiring a local contractor for snow removal at your home or business? For over 50 years, John Parichuk Paving, LLC, is known for our exceptional paving and seal coating services in the Hanover, Gettysburg, and York, PA region, and we plow snow too! Call us today, and let’s get you into our schedule.