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Winter Driveway Preparation

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Winter does not only affect our daily lives, but it also hurts our driveways if we don't take the necessary precautions.

As winter is around the corner, various people prepare by buying suitable clothes and shoes and installing heating systems.

However, while doing this, don’t forget to prepare your driveway. Here are some tips:

Thoroughly clean and clear your driveway

The first step for your driveway preparation is to get a wide broom to sweep away dirt, such as leaves, tree branches, paper, and other debris that are on your driveway.

After this, you should give it a good wash using a power washer to wash off any built-up stain and grime. In case of any stubborn stain, you can use a chemical stain remover.

Look out for cracks

After a thorough cleaning, you might see some cracks, which, if not taken care of, can cause more damage and havoc to your driveway during the winter.

Cracks not sealed up before winter will accommodate snow in it, which can lead to larger cracks on your driveway.

Make use of driveway sealant

Sealants can be used after cleaning the driveway and cracks are covered up. It serves as a protective coat to seal up tiny cracks and prevent damage from de-icing chemicals.

It is not necessary to use sealant every year. So, if it has been used in the previous year, you can wait for the next three years to use another one.

Check for drainage issues

Ensure that your drainage is in good condition before the winter season.

If there is a temperature change, snow can turn to slick ice, and we know that stagnant water and freezing temperatures can make concrete crack.

Also, ensure there is a free flow of water away from your driveway.

Use the right ice melt

Investing in the right ice melt will spare you a lot of stress and damage on your driveway during winter.

The right ice melt solution will prevent damage on your concrete or asphalt driveway, and not leave any lasting greasy residue or corrosive damage.

For instance, calcium chloride is highly effective for extremely low degrees, but could cause extreme heat on the surface. Sodium chloride is a great ice-melting alternative for asphalt, while potassium chloride is best for concrete surfaces.

Clear off the snow as quickly as possible

Once it starts snowing, endeavor to remove snow from your driveway as fast as possible. Use the correct tool to remove snow, like a shovel and snowblower, as they are efficient for removing early layers of snow before bonding to the ground.

You might choose not to go out much during winter, but that doesn't mean you will prevent people from visiting you. After all, there could be an emergency, and you’ll have to use your driveway.

It is essential to prepare your driveway for the winter period, and if you don't know how to go about it, follow the tips stated above, and you will have the best driveway for the winter season.

For professional help and guidance, reach out to us at Oakes Paving today.

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