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Winter Driveway Damage Got You Down? How To Repair The Problems

If your driveway is in bad shape after the long winter, you'll need to provide some heavy maintenance once spring arrives. This is particularly true if winter left your driveway with some cracks and potholes. Unfortunately, many homeowners don't know how to provide proper post-winter maintenance for their asphalt driveways. If you're not sure how to care for your driveway now that winter is almost over, here are some steps to help guide you through the process. 

Clean the Driveway 

If winter has left your driveway in need of some repairs, you'll want to start with a clean slate. The worst thing you can do is conduct repairs and seal your asphalt without a proper cleaning. A thorough cleaning will remove all the dirt and oil that's adhered to the surface of the asphalt during the winter. It will also remove all the particles of loose asphalt that might be hiding inside the cracks and potholes. Once you've got a clean surface, and the asphalt has dried thoroughly, you'll be able to proceed with the next steps. 

Repair the Cracks

If your driveway is covered with cracks, you need to repair those before you apply any sealants. Failing to repair the cracks will allow the damage to remain, even after you've applied the sealant. That's because sealants don't repair damage; they simply form a protective cover over the asphalt to prevent further damage. The best way to provide long-lasting, overall protection for your asphalt driveway is to repair the cracks before you apply any waterproof sealants. 

Go Light on the Layers

Once you've cleaned your asphalt and repaired the cracks, you'll be ready to apply the sealant. However, before you apply a nice thick layer, you'll want to pull back a bit. Applying one thick layer will not provide you with the protection you need. When applying a waterproof sealant to your asphalt driveway, you want to apply several thin layers, instead of one thick layer. The multiple layers will ensure an even distribution of the sealant. 

Ensure Proper Drying

Finally, when repairing your asphalt driveway after the winter, you want to ensure proper drying of your protective sealant. Allowing your sealant to dry thoroughly between applications and before you begin driving on the surface again will help you avoid unsightly marks on your driveway. Not only that, but the thorough drying will help prevent future cracks in your asphalt.

If winter left your driveway in bad shape this year, use the tips provided here to help repair the damage. For questions or concerns about proper driveway care, or to have the cracks in your asphalt repaired, be sure to contact an asphalt crack sealing service near you.