The Effects of Snow on Asphalt

While a fresh, white blanket of snow is a pleasant sight, the inevitable task of removing it can be damaging. If not done properly, you can damage your driveway, sidewalk, or parking lot. To prevent costly repairs, keep an eye on your asphalt pavement as winter approaches. Look for scrapes, cracks, and potholes across the surface. These conditions can be unsafe for residents, pedestrians, students, and vehicles. Be prepared this winter by making the necessary repairs to minimize asphalt damage on and around your property.

Factors that Effect Asphalt

Effects of Snow on AsphaltHere are just a few effects that snow has on your asphalt pavement:

  • Snow Plows – Snow plows scrape the pavement, causing damage to the pavement. If you notice scrapes in your pavement once the snow melts, contact to seal coat the pavement.
  • Melting Snow – One of the advantages of asphalt pavements is that they absorb heat and melt the snow. The downside is that this can lead to rapid water runoff, creating flooding and pooling water. Over time, this can cause cracks across the surface.
  • Freezing and Thawing – Because the temperature fluctuates throughout the winter months, cracks develop in asphalt pavement. They get bigger and spread as the ground goes through freezing and thawing cycles, causing voids underneath the surface. With proper maintenance, you can prevent damage from these freezing and thawing cycles.
  • Deicers – Salt, potassium acetate, and other deicing agents should be used sparingly due to an increased risk of damage to asphalt surfaces. They are dangerous to the environment surrounding the paved areas, including vegetation, pets, runoff water, and flooring in your home. It’s important to use deicing mixes that are environmentally friendly.

To prepare for winter, seal any cracks and holes that are less than a half-inch. This will prevent runoff and smooth the surface. Larger holes need to be filled with gravel, then sealed. can always help when repairing or preparing your asphalt. We offer professional and efficient concrete repair services to keep your maintenance budget down and minimize asphalt damage.

For sunken asphalt, we can lift and level the surface back to normal by injecting a polyurethane foam underneath the surface. As the polyurethane foam expands, it fills voids and lifts the surface to the desired height. Because polyurethane stabilizes loose soils, it prevents future settlement and cracking. We’ll restore your sinking asphalt back to normal.

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