Your asphalt paving takes a beating all year long. From the hot summer sun to below freezing temperatures, there’s not much you can do to protect it from the elements. And it’s even harder with larger commercial parking lots and other paved areas. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to keep the damage to a minimum. Here are some tips to protect your asphalt paving this winter.
- Consider seal coating. Seal coating provides a barrier to protect any size area of asphalt paving. It also restores the look of your parking lots at a fraction of the cost of repaving.
- Be smart when you deice. Ice is a major threat here in the Carolinas. If you run a business, you probably use deicers to keep your parking lots and sidewalks safe for your customers and employees. However, using rock salt can cause pavement to chip and crack. Try calcium chloride or another deicing product instead. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application to avoid damage.
- Shovel that snow. If there’s any accumulation of snow, remove it from your asphalt paving as quickly as possible. It doesn’t matter how you get rid of it. Call for a snowplow, use a shovel, or blow it off. Removing the snow means there’s less moisture to refreeze. This will reduce the likelihood of cracking.
These are just a few of the ways you can protect your parking lots and other paved areas during the harsh winter months. For help with seal coating or other repairs, call the professional asphalt pavers at SMI Paving.