How Winter Weather Can Affect Your Asphalt

For many business owners, winter marks the time of year when their business sees an influx of foot traffic due to the holiday season. While winter may be a great time of year for business sales, it can be one of the cruelest seasons for your asphalt surfaces. Whether it’s your parking lot or walkways, if they are not properly protected and maintained, your asphalt surfaces can take a beating from the harsh winter weather. Let’s take a look at how winter can affect your asphalt surfaces and what you can do to protect them.

Temperature

Freezing temperatures are one of the biggest culprits of ruining asphalt surfaces. The constant cycles of freezing and thawing present during the winter season can cause your asphalt to expand and crack. This may not seem like a big deal, but couple that with wet snow and unpatched cracks, and your asphalt surface can suffer water penetration that will erode the base that is supporting your pavement.

Snow Plows

Unfortunately, not all professional snow removal companies are created equal. If you make the mistake of hiring an inexperienced snow removal company, you may just find yourself in need of expensive repairs come spring. If a snowplow operator sets the blades of the plow too low, it can result in gaping holes being left in your pavement.

Chemicals

When removing ice from your asphalt, you should always use chemical deicers, right? In the case of asphalt paving your couldn’t be more wrong! Chemical deicers and salt can wreak havoc on asphalt surfaces—especially ones that have not been properly sealcoated. Chemicals and salt can lead to large cracks and potholes forming on your asphalt pavement.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Asphalt Surfaces

Patching

If you notice any holes or large cracks in your asphalt surface you should have them patched before the winter weather can make them worse. While you won’t be able to do any major asphalt repair during the winter months, you can patch small cracks and pothole on your own as you see them. Just make sure you have them properly repaired when the weather warms up.

Sealcoating   

Sealcoating is one the best defenses against harsh winter weather so make sure you have your asphalt surface properly treated each fall. Fall is the perfect time of year to have professional parking lot sealcoating performed in Philadelphia as the weather is still warm enough to let the sealcoat material properly set.

Those in need of commercial asphalt paving contractors in Montgomery County should call 215-672-8000.