Asphalt is a great surface for roads, parking lots, and driveways thanks to its durability, but it has its weaknesses. If you aren’t careful, you may find Alaska’s weather deteriorates your paved surfaces dramatically. To combat the effects of cold and ice on your pavement, follow these care strategies.
How to Care for Asphalt in Winter
1. Sealcoat Your Surfaces
Driveway sealing is the number one step you can take to improve the lifespan of your asphalt. When properly sealed and maintained, asphalt becomes much less permeable to water and other substances which might damage it. Talk with your local sealcoating company to establish a schedule for your surfaces and make sure they get the necessary treatment.
2. Shovel Regularly
The less time that snow and ice sits on your parking lot or driveway, the less chance it has to damage the pavement by melting and refreezing. Make sure your surface is plowed or shoveled—just watch out for potential scratches and gouges by keeping plow blades lifted off the surface.
3. Repair Promptly
The longer cracks and potholes are allowed to stay, the worse they’ll get. This is because temperature fluctuations cause pavement to expand and contract, exacerbating existing damage. Have your asphalt repaired by a local paving company to limit damage and maintain a smooth, safe surface.
4. Clear Debris
Trash, leaves, and other debris can be problematic in cold weather. They may cause issues with plowing or may freeze and damage the asphalt surface. Make sure to clean your pavement when the weather is clear so the trash won’t be there when snow hits.
5. Watch for Pooling
During warm weather, take note of where water pools on the asphalt surface. These are the lowest areas or your driveway or parking lot. They may be worn down or compressed, making them even more vulnerable to damage, so get them repaired as soon as you can.
By caring for your parking lot and taking precautions before heavy weather hits, you can extend the life of your asphalt and maintain a smooth, safe driving surface. Keep an eye out for any issues and call in a paving company when you need repairs.
MJM Services is a family-owned, multigenerational paving company in Wasilla, AK. They’ve offered beautiful, high-quality work for over 25 years and continue to provide excellent results and customer service. To schedule asphalt or concrete paving or repairs, call them at (907) 376-5222 or get in contact online.