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How to Prepare Your Driveway for Winter

Prepare Your Driveway for Winter

Winter is coming and your driveway could be in danger. While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, winter’s fresh snow, slick ice, and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your pavement. In order to preserve your driveway pavement, you have to stay ahead of the snow.

Here are a few ways to prepare your driveway for winter!

1. Clear and Clean Your Driveway

Before your driveway is covered in a coat of snow and ice, make sure that it is clean and clear. Pick up any fallen branches, leaves, or other debris, and give your driveway a nice wash to loosen dirt and grime. If these are left beneath snow and ice, it can contribute to the deterioration of your driveway.

2. Check for Cracks in Your Driveway

Another way to prep your driveway for winter is to check for cracks in your pavement. Any cracks that you have in your driveway now will most likely get worse if you do not address them.

Rainwater and melting snow will seep through cracks and eventually freeze when the temperature drops. When water freezes, it will expand and put pressure on your pavement, causing the material to shift. As the ice eventually melts, the pavement remains expanded and cracked.

It is important to seal any cracks that you find prior to the winter months to avoid any of these issues.

3. Apply Driveway Sealant

Give your driveway a protective coat with a quality sealant to fill any tiny cracks. Driveway sealants can also prevent damage from de-icing chemicals. Apply your sealants after your cracks and other damages have been repaired.

4. Check for Draining Issues and Level the Ground

Poor drainage can cause melted snow to pool in your driveway. If the temperature fluctuates, puddles may turn into slick ice. Just like other cracks, the ice will expand and worsen the conditions of your concrete or asphalt. To prevent this from happening, make sure you have proper drainage prior to the winter season.

5. Invest in the Right Ice Melt

When you are preparing your driveway for the winter, you must think about purchasing an ice melt. Your driveway will get quite icy, and you will need an ice melt so that you can add traction for your tires.

It should be noted, however, that the type of ice melt you use can make a huge difference for your driveway. Some ice melts contain hard chemicals that will erode your concrete or asphalt, so you will certainly want to avoid these.

Prep Your Driveway for the Winter with Products from UNIQUE Paving Materials

As you prepare for the winter months, consider purchasing high-quality concrete and asphalt repair products from UNIQUE Paving Materials. Some of the premium products we offer include:

  • UNIQUE® Concrete Pourable Crack Filler – This product is a Gilsonite-modified asphalt emulsion concrete crack filler designed to fill cracks and joints in driveways, parking lots and any other concrete surfaces.
  • UNIQUE® Concrete Sealer – For use on new or aged concrete pavements, this concrete sealer will help protect your surface from damage caused by freeze/thaw cycles, oil, dirt, deicing salts, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions and Other Helpful Information

What are the problems that asphalt faces in the winter?

The harsh winter weather is known to damage asphalt surfaces. Rain and snow seep into the cracks of the pavement, which freezes when the temperatures drop. This in turn causes asphalt to crack even more.

Additionally, water that freezes causes the surface of the asphalt pavement to push up and cause significant bumps and cracks in the road. When the temperatures rise again, the surface collapses into the space that was once frozen, which creates potholes and poorly supported roads. This is a vicious cycle, but the impacts can be lessened if you take the time to fill in holes and cracks as you see them.

How do I protect my concrete driveway from freeze/thaw cycles?

Freeze/thaw cycles can be categorized in two different ways. Surface spalling happens when the concrete has been saturated with water, which causes surface-level cracks, chipping, and flaking. Internal cracking is the result of pockets of air or water that form during the process of concrete mixing. These pockets expand when they are exposed to freezing temperatures, resulting in cracks.

To protect yourself, we recommend using a concrete sealer. Our UNIQUE® Concrete Sealer can be applied to either old or new concrete and is designed to work against these freeze/thaw cycles.

What else can I do to prepare my driveway for the winter?

Be sure to check for proper drainage to prevent water accumulation. Then, before the first snow, you will want to check that your snow removal equipment is in good working order. You can also prepare a snow removal kit with items like salt and a snow shovel if you don’t have a snow blower, or if you have a neighbor nearby who needs a hand.

Should I use hot water to melt the ice on my driveway?

While using hot water seems like a quick solution for melting ice, it can lead to refreezing which creates slippery surfaces. Stick to using de-icing salts for a more effective and long-term solution to ice removal.

How often should I inspect my driveway during the winter?

Regularly looking for ice patches, snow accumulation, and any signs of damage allows you to address issues as they occur. This will help you maintain a safe and functional driveway.

Also, we recommend shoveling periodically during heavy snowfall to prevent major accumulation and make the task more manageable. Staying on top of snow clean-up can also reduce the risk of ice formation.

Learn More About How UNIQUE Can Help You Prepare Your Driveway for Winter

Are you ready for the winter conditions to hit your driveway? Prep your driveway for the winter with our products from UNIQUE Paving Materials. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!

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Becky Dunlavey

With over 10 years of experience, I wear many hats at UNIQUE Paving Materials. In addition to managing our multimedia marketing efforts and coordinating trade shows and regional events, working with the sales and customer service departments has allowed me to gain a multifaceted knowledge of the industry.

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