4 Ways That Snow Storms Affect Your Asphalt

February 24, 2021 5:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When a snowstorm hits, you may be thinking solely about how to clear your driveway. Unfortunately, although necessary, many forms of snow removal can damage asphalt pavement. Understanding the four ways a snowstorm might affect your asphalt can help you know how to best care for it. There are many ways in which you can prevent damage to your driveway on your own, but calling in a professional is an option that may be necessary if damages have occurred. Below we have some helpful information regarding damage to your asphalt after snowstorms.

Salt Brings Harm

Salt is a safe option for preventing falls and removing ice in the winter, but it is not a safe option for the longevity of your asphalt. Unfortunately, salt is known to eat away at asphalt. If possible, it is better for your asphalt if you shovel snow before any ice starts to form. When the snow is fresh, it will easily be removed without the use of salt, thus preserving your asphalt.

Shoveling Causes Damage

Although shoveling fresh snow is far better for your asphalt than using salt, shoveling away at ice is likely to cause scrapes. If you have shoveled and scraped the metal of the blade against your driveway, it may be in need of a sealant to prevent further damages. Scrapes may start out as small and only a cosmetic issue, but can develop into a greater problem over time. 

Cracks Can Develop

With snowstorms comes the freezing and thawing of precipitation. A slight crack that fills with water will expand when that water freezes. Over the course of the winter, this can happen again and again. Crack prevention and crack filling can be crucial to maintaining asphalt over the long run. 

Melting Snow Invites Dents

When the snow melts and sits in one spot, it degrades asphalt. Over time, this can cause dents, divots, and even holes in your driveway. In order to prevent these damages, snow must be removed from the area as quickly as possible. 

Caring for Your Asphalt

Taking care of your asphalt can be a big job when a snowstorm hits. It can require staying on top of snow removal and avoiding the use of products intended to make things easier. Snowstorms also introduce the threat of cracks that need monitoring. Remember to do the following each winter:

  • Avoid the use of salt.
  • Shovel snow as soon as possible.
  • If you plan to hire a snowplow, be sure the driver is experienced to avoid damages.
  • Fix small cracks before they get worse.
  • Clear asphalt of all snow. 

Contact Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving

If after a long winter you notice some new damages to your asphalt, this is normal, but it’s important to take action quickly. If you require assistance in maintaining your asphalt, Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving is the leading paving contractor in the Andover MA area and beyond. You can expect quality services and the necessary prevention and fixes when you use Cooper Bros for your asphalt services. Contact us today at 978-664-1529 or fill out an online form to schedule a service!

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