If you live in an area that has cold winter weather along with snow, ice, and other winter hazards, you know it can be difficult to maintain your driveway during the colder months. But driveway maintenance is important if you want to protect the cement or asphalt and maintain your home’s attractive curb appeal. And of course it’s a safety issue during winter, when it’s important to avoid the risks of slipping on ice or snow – either in or outside the car.
A helpful article at e-ssortment offers some basic year-round driveway maintenance tips, including:
Relocate trees or shrubs that have roots that could eventually threaten the cement or asphalt. Create space for snow and other drain-off by edging the sides of the driveway. According to the article: “’Edging’ means that you remove the sod within two to three inches of the cement or blacktop.” Periodically seal or waterproof your driveway with a high quality sealing product. Keep the cement or blacktop clean year-round with a leafblower and pressure washer. It’s especially important to clean spilled oil or other chemicals that might damage your driveway. Avoid using salt on cement driveways in winter, especially during the first year. Salt can lead to cracks in cement and other damage. Whether you have a professional plow to remove snow from your driveway or you do it yourself, be sure the plow blade is lifted high enough so that it doesn’t scrape and damage the cement or asphalt. Make sure gutters are not draining directly onto your driveway. Never park heavy vehicles or equipment on your driveway. It is not built to handle their weight. To read more follow link below http://www.coit.com/how-to-maintain-your-driveway-during-winter