Asphalt Maintenance To Refresh After Winter

Asphalt Maintenance To Refresh After Winter 

Winter in Pennsylvania isn’t the easiest time of the year for your driveway. Asphalt is tough, but it can definitely suffer from the cold, snow, ice, and rain. When spring rolls around, your driveway could be in pretty bad shape. Action needs to be taken immediately before spring storms make things worse.

Address Frost Heave

First, inspect the driveway for signs that part of it was lifted up and then possibly dropped back down. This is a sign that some of the soil under the driveway experienced frost heave. Frost heave happens when moisture in the soil freezes; that ice expands, moving everything above it. Asphalt can crack as a result. If you see signs that there was some frost heave, you’ll need to have the base under the driveway repaired so that the ground is stable again.

Monitor for Erosion

You’ll also want to monitor the soil under the driveway for erosion. If water manages to seep under the asphalt and continues to drain through that opening, part of the dirt or sand that forms the base layer under the asphalt may wash away. That would leave part of the asphalt without any support, and it could crack and cave in. If you see any sign that the base has been eroded, you’ll need to call a paving contractor who can redo the base before installing new asphalt. You’ll also have to work on fixing the drainage in your yard to direct runoff away from the driveway.

Fill Cracks and Holes

Even if there are no signs of frost heave or erosion, there could still be small holes and cracks in the asphalt. Get these filled as soon as you can. If moisture seeps into the asphalt through those holes and cracks, then any late freezes are going to make that water freeze and expand, leading to more cracks. And if you don’t fix that at all during the spring and summer, then when next winter rolls around, there will be even more moisture in the asphalt that can freeze, expand, and destroy the driveway. Take care of the task now and call a paving company to fix those defects.

Repave if Necessary

It could be the case that the driveway has been through so much that patching won’t really work, and repaving is necessary. Get that done as soon as you can for the same reasons that you’d fill holes and crack: You don’t want any problems to get worse as storms hit the area.

Seal Everything

Once everything is fixed or repaved, it’s time to seal the surface of the asphalt. This sealing prevents moisture from seeping into the asphalt and creating conditions for expansion and cracking. Sealing the asphalt also makes it look a lot cleaner.

Shore up or Add Borders

It may help to have things like grass or other plants lining the driveway because that helps reduce the risk of runoff eroding the base under the driveway. The roots of the grass and plants hold soil in place, so water has a harder time washing away anything next to the driveway. The borders also look very nice and make the driveway look very well cared for.

Your asphalt driveway can look fantastic this spring, summer, and fall if you take care of it, especially after winter. This is the time to fix any underlying issues and get one of the first things people see on your property into fantastic shape. If you need driveway paving in Lansdale, PA, or want to ask questions about paving contractors in Collegeville, PA, contact Kelly’s Paving & Concrete. Don’t let even a little damage sit for long. By fixing the asphalt now, you’ll have a great-looking driveway that enhances the look of your property.