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Getting Your Asphalt Ready for Autumn

Most of us are familiar with preparing our homes and automobiles for the upcoming fall and winter months. We know to make sure that our vehicles have the appropriate tires and anti-freeze; that our windows and doors have adequate caulk and weather stripping to guard against the cold weather; and possibly to trim back yard plants and lay down a layer of mulch to protect plant roots during the cooler fall and winter months. But did you know that you should also prepare your asphalt surfaces for autumn and winter? Whether it’s a driveway, a patio, or walkways around your home, your paved surfaces are a major investment. While there’s no doubt that asphalt is extremely strong and durable, it does need to be properly maintained in order to maximize its lifespan. Here’s how to make sure that your asphalt is ready for the colder weather that’s just around the corner:

  • Keep the surface clean. This is important not only in the autumn months, but all year long. Be sure to sweep or blow off your driveway, patio and walkways to remove any standing debris. If leaves or other plant matter is left on the asphalt surface, it can collect rain and trap moisture on the pavement, and that can damage your asphalt.
  • Ask your local asphalt contractor if your pavement needs sealcoating. This will protect the asphalt against damage from rain and other fluids (such motor oil, for example), as well as making the surface appear more attractive.
  • Have cracks in the surface repaired. Any cracks – even very small ones – can allow water and other liquids to seep into the pavement. Fluid can damage asphalt, both on the surface of the asphalt and under the surface, so it’s important to have even very small cracks repaired right away before more damage is done.
  • Consider having more extensive repairs made, if needed. If your asphalt surface has large cracks or is crumbling along the edges, more extensive repairs might be necessary. Ask a reputable asphalt contractor to assess the condition of your pavement and make a recommendation regarding what type of repair is needed. Remember that wet weather and freezing temperatures will only increase the damage, so delaying repairs until the spring is never a good idea.

As you prepare your home and your vehicles for the upcoming colder weather, don’t forget your driveway, patios, and walkways. Asphalt is a durable material that will last for many years, but only if it’s properly maintained. Contact a local asphalt contractor today for more information.