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How to Winterize Your Asphalt Driveway or Parking Lot

by Administrator13. August 2018 12:36

While temperatures are typically still hovering in the mid 80’s lower 90’s here in the Midwest it is about time to start thinking about winterizing different aspects of your home or business. Being proactive and starting preparations early helps alleviate the hassles of doing all of it in the blistering cold Winter months. One important winterization task should be your asphalt driveways.

Issues that can arise when you don’t Winterize your driveway or parking lot

Growing cracks in pavement - Cracks get bigger for a few reasons but the major culprit in the winter comes when water gets inside the cracks, freezes, then expands causing the cracks to grow.

Potholes start to emerge – If your cracks get big enough they’ll eventually start to develop in to potholes. Potholes can be extremely detrimental to car’s tires and suspensions.

Preemptive measures to Winterize your pavement

Check current status of asphalt – Erosion, cracks, and crumbling are all issues that can arise throughout the year asphalt, especially in high traffic area. Add in elements like gas, oil from cars and the process of cracks can add up quicker. Repairing these cracks first should be top priority. You may need to scrub areas of the pavement with detergent and hose off before continuing.

Sealcoating – After all repairs and cleaning has completed it may be a goof idea to apply a sealcoating. Sealcoating’s job is to protect the asphalt below it from harsh weather conditions that would decrease the driveway or parking lot’s life. In reality, to properly Winterize, a sealcoating should be applied every 2-4 years depending on weather conditions.

What to do during the Winter to keep asphalt in good shape

Try to avoid salting as much as possible – Obviously sometimes salting is inevitable especially during the worst of Winters where ice is problematic and can be a liability in commercial settings. But salt is something that can slowly eat away at your asphalt expediting how often you need to repave your driveway. If you can help it try shoveling or plowing your driveway or parking area instead. It’ll preserve some of your pavements life!

Limit large vehicle traffic – Under normal conditions heavy vehicles aren’t an issue because of how asphalt adapts to weight. However, during the Winter the breakdown process can be sped up by heavy loads. As much as possible try and re-route or limit the number of heavy vehicles coming in and out.

Failed to Winterize? We have your back!

If Winter wreaked havoc on your asphalt you have no reason to worry. There is still time to have a professional contractor get your driveway in order before the snow and ice start to fall. From there you can follow these tips to keep your brand spanking new drive sparkling all year long!


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Will A Paved Driveway Add Value to My Home?

by Administrator15. June 2018 11:49

Many homeowners who are trying to sell their home will have to think about more than just what the actual home looks like. Many times, what ancillary features of a home look like can affect a potential buyers decision. And one of those often-overlooked features of a home is the driveway. BUT, you may be asking yourself how does having a paved, finished driveway affect the sale value? And how do you know when you should, or shouldn’t invest in one? Let’s explore factors that should affect your decision.

If your driveway is gravel…

…you should invest in a paved driveway. While the driveway may be just fine for your needs it can scare off potential buyers. Gravel is hard to take care of especially in regions where weather is unpredictable. Gravel can develop muddy areas or deep ruts that require constant maintenance.

What is your neighborhood like?

Because your homes’ value is partially determined by the surrounding neighborhood you like in it’s important to keep your home up to the standards of the area around you. For instance, if your homes driveway is in bad shape and all others are in good shape your home will have a lower perceived value to buyers. And the reverse can be true as well. If your home is the only one with a paved driveway while the other homes are worse off your homes’ value shoots up.

What value will a paved driveway bring me?

Usually paving a driveway will give you a return of AT LEAST the cost of it being installed. And in most cases you’re going to get considerably more in return. The amount varies depending on the aesthetics of the driveway. Things like the material used, the width, and the previously mentioned neighborhood can all affect the added value of the home. Consider making your driveway wider if you’re going the repaving route as being able to fit to cars side by side is a major advantage that homeowners looks for.

I have a nice driveway but…

…it could use a little TLC. Luckily a simple resurfacing could boost the value of your home. Resurfacing asphalt is much cheaper than a new installation and can add the same value to your home. And at the bare minimum sealing cracks before putting your home on the market can help. It will at least help keep the grass and weeds from sneaking through which can make a home look shoddy.

What paving material should I use?

In most cases we feel asphalt is the best way to go. It is less expensive than concrete, by about 50% in fact, and more durable – especially in unpredictable weather conditions. Concrete can easily crack in the winter time. Asphalt is more flexible making it less likely to crack over time. Asphalt driveways can last you 20-25 years if properly installed and maintained – a great investment. One final point about paved driveways. While they increase the value of your home, a nice paved driveway can also help sell your home FASTER. And who doesn't want to do that!

Questions? Need Help?

We have tons more information on our website which you can find here. If you have any more questions about paving, repaving, resurfacing, or sealing please don’t hesitate to contact as here or call us at 513-831-7500. Thanks for reading!



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