Winter weather can take a major toll on your asphalt driveway. What was once a smooth surface can begin to show signs of cracking, heaving, and other forms of warping. Here at Xsealer Asphalt Maintenance, we recommend that you take measures such as getting asphalt sealcoating in Crofton, MD to prolong the life of your asphalt pavement.
How Freezing Temperatures Affect Asphalt
When it comes to cracks and potholes in your asphalt, the main culprit at work is known as the freeze-thaw phenomenon. It is particularly common in winter in areas like Maryland where some days are above freezing but at night the temperature plummets below 32 degrees F.
After a snowfall, when the temperature rises above freezing, the snow melts, and liquid water forms. The water naturally seeps into existing cracks and other pittings and imperfections on the asphalt surface. Then, when the temperature falls, ice can form again.
The problem is, when liquid water is transformed into solid ice, a natural expansion occurs, forcing cracks in the pavement to become wider and causing a process known as frost heave, which shifts and distorts the originally smooth asphalt surface. Repeated freeze-thaw cycles can wreak havoc on your pavement.
How To Extend The Life of Your Asphalt Driveway
There are a number of ways by which you can mitigate ice expansion damage to your asphalt.
- Filling In Cracks. Even with the best-drained surfaces, water can naturally percolate into micro-cracks in irregularities in the asphalt. This is especially prone to happen when cracks appear. We recommend regular filling in cracks with an appropriate product that we can provide and apply.
- Utilize Asphalt Sealcoating. We suggest that every asphalt surface receives the regular application, every three to five years, of a quality seal coat. This will extend the life of your pavement and make snow and ice removal easier.
Get Asphalt Sealcoating in Crofton, MD
For quality asphalt sealcoating in Crofton, MD, contact Xsealer Asphalt Maintenance! We would be happy to assess your pavement situation and make the necessary repairs, including asphalt sealcoating, to extend the life of your asphalt.