Every homeowner understands the importance of maintaining their property. It pays off to keep everything in great shape so that you can maximize the return on investment when the time comes to sell. Each season poses different challenges when it comes to maintenance. Winter, for example, requires special treatment for the driveway. From snow removal to protection against the freeze/thaw cycle, follow these tips to keep the residential paving in good condition and avoid a driveway replacement.
Driveway Maintenance Tips for the Winter
1. Do the Necessary Repairs
Do essential repairs before winter takes its toll on your driveway. Fill in any cracks or holes so that water and ice don’t penetrate the outer layer and worsen these problems. Once you deal with cracks and holes, apply a sealant for extra protection. This seal prevents unwanted materials from further damaging the driveway during the winter.
2. Be Smart About Snow Removal
Snow blanketing your driveway is inevitable, and when it happens, it’s important to use smart snow removal strategies. Use a rubber-tipped shovel instead of a metal one to avoid scraping the top layer of the driveway. If you’re plowing, make sure the skid plates are adjusted to at least a ¼ inch above the driveway to avoid damage.
3. Create Favorable Drainage
Another thing you can do to protect the driveway is to ensure the drainage systems around the property don’t contribute to potential damage. Keep gutter spouts pointed away from the driveway, and put up retaining walls for problematic areas to prevent water from pooling in your driveway.
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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