Investing in an asphalt parking lot or driveway is a great way to boost your curb appeal. Asphalt isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it’s also safe, smooth, and highly durable. But it can break down over time if not properly cared for, especially in the harsh winters of Newmarket, Markham and the rest of the GTA. Keep reading for five tips on how you can protect your asphalt driveway all winter long.
- Fix potholes and other problems
Potholes and cracks in asphalt paving can get worse in the winter as the temperature starts to fall, especially if a sudden cold snap hits. Hire a professional for cut and patch asphalt repairs, catch basin repairs, concrete work and seasonal asphalt maintenance, before the winter freeze begins in Newmarket and Markham.
If your driveway or parking lot is more than two-years old, applying a seal-coat to your asphalt is a great way to protect the surface throughout the winter. Try to get it done while the weather’s still warm and and well before the first snowfall.
Make sure your asphalt driveway or parking lot is completely cleared of all debris before the first snowfall. And be sure to mark areas like curbs that will be easily covered by snow. Once everything is covered in a white, fluffy blanket of snow, it’ll be hard to spot objects that may either cause damage to or become damaged by, snowplows and other snow-clearing equipment.
- Clear away freshly fallen snow
Shovel, plow, or use a snow blower to remove freshly fallen snow before it has a chance to turn into compacted snow or ice. Pooling water can damage your asphalt paving so it’s a good idea to remove as much snow as possible before it melts and refreezes. Be careful when plowing your driveway or parking lot to avoid causing surface damage to the asphalt.
Even with regular snow clearing, a bit of ice buildup is inevitable. Keep the asphalt paving in your Newmarket home or business free from ice in the most environmentally responsible way possible. That means avoiding harsh chemicals and using rock salt sparingly. More and more Canadians are turning to sands and salt-alternatives to de-ice their asphalt driveway out of concern for the environmental impact of rock salt and the premature deterioration of their asphalt and concrete surfaces.
For more tips on how to keep your asphalt parking lot and driveway in great shape, contact Cedar Hill Paving Ltd. today. We proudly serve homeowners, facility supervisors, construction contractors, property managers, and landscape contractors all over Markham, Newmarket and throughout the GTA. Contact us today to learn more about our residential and commercial services, or to request a quote.