Asphalt paving is known for its durability and longevity. While newly-laid material can easily handle the wear and tear of winter weather, the season can wreak havoc on older driveways and cause damage, like potholes. Fortunately, you can minimize or avoid harm to your driveway by taking the necessary precautionary steps. Here's a closer look at the potential impact of winter weather and your role in protecting the asphalt.
How Potholes Form
Asphalt is excellent at repelling moisture, which makes it a top choice for driveways. However, it's only waterproof at the surface. When a crack or divot forms from impact or wear and tear, water can penetrate the surface. Once the temperature drops, the moisture freezes and expands, which pushes the material away and widens the crack. If this process occurs repeatedly, the expansion eventually creates dangerous potholes.
How to Reduce Harm to Your Driveway
While you can't control the weather, you can significantly reduce its impact. By catching issues early, you can avoid extensive damage. Assess your driveway in the fall and regularly throughout winter for signs of damage, and schedule asphalt paving repairs as soon as possible when problems are found. For snow removal, utilize a rubber-tipped shovel or have the plow raised at least ¼ inch to avoid direct contact with metal.
When to Repave It
When damage is widespread, there are two primary options: resurfacing and repaving. With driveway resurfacing, a new layer is poured on the surface, but the bulk of the original material is left in place. However, if the damage is major or has reached the foundation, then the asphalt paving needs to be redone completely to restore your driveway's integrity.
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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