The winter season can have destructive impacts on your asphalt pavement unless you act swiftly to repair and maintain it. It’s necessary to assess the condition of your residential asphalt pavement or commercial parking lot as the winter mix melts away. Winter can cause deterioration to asphalt pavement; hence it is crucial to have your pavement checked and repaired after the winter months. It can be hard to thoroughly analyze your asphalt pavement with the winter season’s constant ice and snow. The best time to inspect your asphalt pavement, cataloging the damage, and move forward with a planned maintenance plan is at the beginning of spring.
Below are a few common problems you may find on your asphalt pavement, which will need repairs after the winter months.
Cracks and potholes
Freeze and thaw weather cycles pose a severe threat to asphalt pavement. As the temperature fluctuates, it triggers continuous melting and freezing of moisture. As water freezes and transforms into ice, it increases in size. As this occurs inside existing cracks on your asphalt surfaces, the pavement extends wider than it can accommodate. As it continues to expand and contract, the asphalt wears down at an increasing pace, leading to the formation of cracks and potholes, decreasing the life of your investment.
The consequences of asphalt damage (associated with winter ) can first be seen by asphalt pavement that has existing issues between the surface and sub-base. Freezing temperatures allow the freezing and expansion of the water that has filtered under the surface of the pavement. This then forces the surface to buckle, move, and rise upwards (often referred to as “frost heave”). The Frost heave can substantially compromise the structural strength of the asphalt surface. Pavement that stays unevenly from frost heaves is hazardous and unappealing.
Snow plowing is usually performed in during the winter months, particularly in heavy snow areas such as New England, to eliminate snow that has fallen on asphalt driveways. The snowplows are made to be used without causing damages to the asphalt surface underneath. However, if the asphalt is already in bad shape, the potholes and uneven surface will start to deteriorate when the plow scrapes at them. There are a few steps you can take to avoid damage from plows.
Contact Joe Lamacchia Landscape
Although there are proactive ways of shielding asphalt pavement from the worst of winter, there is a strong probability that the pavement will need repairs and maintenance after a harsh winter. Joe Lamacchia Landscape offers top-notch asphalt repair, maintenance, and paving services to commercial and residential properties. Contact us today to request a quote or schedule service!