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Prepping Your Driveway For Winter

If you have had a driveway that is made out of asphalt there are a few things you can do to prepare it for the coming winter.  Here in Utah the 2012 fall season has been very mild.  In fact the Halloween holiday was celebrated with record highs.  This is good if you have haven’t taken the time to prepare for the coming winter.  You still have time.  

If you are in Saint George, Utah there isn’t much you need to do to prepare for winter.  The weather rarely gets below freezing long enough to cause it to freeze and then to thaw.  It is a different story however when preparing for the summer.  If you are in one of the high altitude locations in Utah there are some things you can do to make sure your asphalt will hold up throughout the winter.  If you are trying to repair pot holes throughout the winter you know how hard it is.  There is a reason that you see pot holes in the same areas each year.  If they weren’t patched up properly they will wear down quickly and cause the same problems year after year.

So the first thing you want to do is make sure that you have a proper Utah sealcoat on your asphalt.  Whether it is on a public road, a parking lot or a cabin driveway.  If you use a great seal coat you will get more longevity out of your asphalt.  Longevity not only saves you money but will save you some hassle as well.  When a parking lot has to be refinished you know you can’t park on it for a day or two.  So this can save you from having to keep people out of your parking lot.  If you are a business that rely’s on customers then you don’t want to give them an excuse not to come to your business.  

During the winter you want to make sure that you aren’t using too much salt to get rid of your snow.  Also make sure that the snow plows that will be clearing off roads or any asphalt surfaces has a smooth blade.  If it isn’t smooth then you can have a problem with it digging into the asphalt and making holes.  Once there is a hole in the winter it is very difficult to take care of.  The temperatures during the winter are not very compatible with fixing asphalt.  The bond of the old and new isn’t ideal so if you can prevent damage you will be much farther ahead than if you get them.  So in Utah you can find a great Salt Lake paving contractor in Eckles Paving.  They have been around for decades and they know what is needed for an ideal paving situation.  

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