A new asphalt driveway is a great way to add a sleek appearance to your property and can even raise the property value and curb appeal. It’s important to know that asphalt does require a bit of maintenance to stay in good condition, especially as seasons change. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your new asphalt driveway in the winter.
Asphalt is a thick mixture of a thick, tarry liquid called bitumen and aggregates like small stones or gravel. When it is dried, the result is a somewhat bouncy, bumpy surface. The asphalt is porous, which means it can absorb water. While the porosity also allows for a softer surface, water absorption can lead to swelling and cracking. The following care tips will help you avoid any undue damage to your new asphalt driveway.
Deicing compounds can be quite harsh on porous asphalt and can actually do more harm to the driveway than you might expect. Rock salt is the worst offender; it is toxic, corrodes the asphalt, and isn’t even the most effective de-icer available. If at all possible, avoid using rock salt on your asphalt driveway.
Instead, a compound called magnesium chloride is a much more gentle way to deice. It is gentler on asphalt and more effective than rock salt. If that is not available, calcium magnesium acetate is another suitable de-icer that won’t harm your asphalt.
Choose Your Shovel
Shoveling a snowy driveway is a wintertime drag, but you could be making things worse by using the wrong shovel. Metal shovels may be sturdy, but they are much too hard to use on an asphalt driveway. Due to their weight, they could leave cracks and gouges in the driveway if not used with great control. A lightweight plastic snow shovel is a much better option if you want to avoid damaging a new asphalt driveway. When shoveling, keep the tool at a shallow angle so that it glides smoothly. Too sharp of an angle can result in catching and cracking.
Snow Blow Instead
If snow blowing services are available in your area, this is the best way to have snow removed from asphalt. It will prevent any undue damage from shovels or chemicals. If you do need plowing for your asphalt, a trustworthy winter and snow service company will know to keep the blades of the machine up above the asphalt so that there is no potential for damage.
Contact A Professional: Cooper Bros is Here to Help!
A new asphalt driveway is an excellent addition to any home, but since it requires some regular upkeep, like cleaning and sealing, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of a professional installer for maintenance and repairs. Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving is the local expert in asphalt paving for residential driveways, so get in touch with us for assistance with your new asphalt driveway! Fill out an online form or give us a call today at (978) 664-1529.
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