If you have a driveway that’s looking a little worse for wear and you want to improve the curb appeal of your home, now is the perfect time to think about doing something about it and getting your driveway ready for summer.
The winter months can be exceedingly tough on your driveway in a number of ways, which can not only leave your driveway looking bad, but also in a weaker condition than is ideal.
Freezing and thawing
One of the biggest problems your driveway is likely to face in winter is the issue of freezing and thawing. When temperatures are constantly changing, the structure of your asphalt can be damaged as a result. The constant cycle of freezing and thawing can cause cracks to start appearing in the surface of the drive, When this happens, moisture can find its way into the cracks and dislodge your aggregate as a result. The longer you allow this to continue, the bigger the cracks will get and the worse your driveway will look, until eventually it is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
The good news is, if you get in touch with the experts here at Global Asphalt Solutions, we can conduct a speedy asphalt repair and apply a layer of asphalt sealcoating that will prevent the same problem from happening again so you won’t have to worry so much about the stage of your driveway in future.
Another way that your driveway can suffer when the weather is cooler is via the use of deicers. Often necessary, deicers, unfortunately, contain a number of chemicals, including magnesium acetate and salt that can cause damage to the surface of your drive. If you have used a lot of deicers and you’ve noticed that your drive isn’t looking as good as it usually does, that could be your problem.
Again, this is something that can be remedied by a timely asphalt repair and the application of asphalt sealcoating to prevent any future damage.
Heavy rains, snow, and ice can also wear down and remove any markings you may on your driveway, which is far from ideal. If this has happened to you and your want to restore line markings, right now, when the weather is picking up and you have the whole summer ahead, is the perfect time to do it. Why? Well, for one, it’s easier to apply fresh markings when you don’t have poor weather conditions to contend with, and for another, because the sun’s UV rays are known to fade driveway markings significantly. If your lines are fresh, they won’t fade nearly as much this summer.
Plow damage is really common in areas where it snows a lot in summer. Plows are great for removing snow, but they can scrape along the ground and damage your driveway’s asphalt sealcoat and the asphalt below. By sorting it out now, you can ensure that your asphalt is secure, safe from moisture, and looking great this summer.
A final problem that could have built up during the winter months is that of snow-melt. When snow melts, water can seep into the asphalt and cause holes to form and pools of water to flood. If this is left unchecked, and your drive continues to be damaged by the sun this summer, you could be looking at a very expensive problem that will only get worse over time. It is, then, much better to get it fixed now.
Preventing future problems and fixing old ones
Hiring an expert asphalt repair and sealing company like Global Asphalt Solutions, is the best way to ensure that your drive is in great condition this summer, and in the months beyond. We can help you to fill cracks and holes that have appeared due to winter conditions, and more importantly, we can prevent them from being a problem again by applying high-quality asphalt sealcoating to your driveway.
Asphalt sealcoating is the ideal solution because it will not affect the basic structure of your driveway in any way, but it will help to prevent sun damage in the summer and make it easier for you to remove ice and snow from the area in the winter, as well as offering a greater level of protection against its effects. Basically, it will strengthen your driveway and give it a far longer life, saving you a lot of money in the long-term too.
If you’d like to find out more about getting your driveway ready for summer or you require asphalt repairs or sealcoating, get in touch with Global Asphalt Solutions today!