With winter approaching, it's time to prepare your property for the snowy weather. The right preparations can protect your asphalt driveway from the damage inflicted by snow and ice and make it easier for snow removal professionals to clear the accumulation. Here's how to get your driveway ready for this winter season.
How to Get Your Driveway Winter-Ready
1. Clear Debris
Prior to the first snowfall, make sure your driveway is free from any significant debris. The weight of ice and snow on top of branches or loose rocks could crack or otherwise wear out the surface. Consider power-washing your driveway to remove any stubborn dirt or oil residue, which can also cause deterioration and discoloration when mixed with snow.
2. Get the Right Ice Melt
Many ice melts contain chemicals that can damage the integrity of your driveway's surface by wearing away the top layer. For example, standard rock salt—sodium chloride—is corrosive and can leave residue behind. This type of ice melt can also widen existing cracks. The best products use calcium-based formulas, which effectively melt ice and snow while keeping your driveway intact.
3. Have Cracks Sealed
Inspect your driveway for any cracks before the snow arrives. When the accumulation melts into gaps and subsequently freezes over, the frozen water will expand the cracks and cause further damage. Having your driveway professionally sealed and repaired beforehand will ensure there are no fissures for snow melt to enter, saving you from potentially extensive driveway repairs in the spring.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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