What Can You Do to Prolong the Health of your Asphalt in the Winter?

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Asphalt is a fantastic material, and it is excellent for driveway. It is, however, porous. Rainwater and melting snow seeps in, causing that asphalt to expand. This water can freeze below the driveway’s surface, and this freezing and expansion causes that cracking.

Winter can be particularly brutal for your driveway asphalt. Even when you are not driving very much, due to the Shelter In Place, your driveway can suffer a great deal of damage in the coldest months. So…

What can you do to protect your driveway?

  1. Do Not Use Metal Shovels

Stick with the plastic shovels, which are lighter in weight anyhow. Shovel often, and get out there pretty quickly after a big snowfall, to get that snow off before it turns icy.

Metal shovels can damage that asphalt, but the plastic does not hurt it. The plastic is usually more than enough to handle the snow.

You want to avoid shoveling at a steep angle, too. That’s like taking an ice pick to dig straight into your asphalt. Maintain a shallow angle – closer to parallel with the ground – to skim it off, rather than burrowing straight down. Avoiding those near-perpendicular angles will prevent you from breaking your own frozen driveway in the process.

  1. Only Use De-Icer Sparingly

Rock salt is sometimes necessary, but the key word is “sometimes.” That rock salt can hurt the asphalt, and if it is colder than 15 degrees out, the rock salt does not help anyhow. Magnesium Chloride and Calcium Magnesium Acetate are better options than rock salt for de-icing the driveway.

  1. Pay for a Snow Blowing Service

Blowing the snow off is much safer, but you need the professional-grade machines to do it well. The service needs to make sure that the snow blower blades are set high, so that the blower does not damage your asphalt. Tree Images can help with you with this snow blowing service in Greater Cincinnati.