With the weather turning colder, the paving on your commercial or residential property is at increased risk of damage and degradation. The harsh winter elements such as snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain can cause significant damage to asphalt pavement, and if not addressed quickly can lead to potholes, cracks and other deterioration of the surface. To protect your paved areas from this harsh winter weather, here are some of the top tips from an expert.
The first and most important step in protecting paving from the cold is to clear the paved area regularly of snow and ice. This can be done with a snowblower or shovel. However, be sure to use a plastic shovel and never metal as it can scratch the pavers, causing further damage. Shoveling regularly also prevents water from accumulating on the paved area and slowly eroding it.
Another way to protect paving from cold from the cold is to use rock salt and other deicing agents sparingly. This is because the salt can actually damage pavers, especially if it sits on them for extended periods of time. Instead, use sand as a deicing agent. It is much more environmentally friendly and will provide the traction you need to keep customers, guests and employees safe from slipping and falling.
If you have existing cracks, holes or breaks in your paving that need to be repaired, this is the time of year to do it. Water from melted snow and rain seeps into these holes and cracks, expanding when it freezes and then thawing out again. This cycle can result in large cracks, crevices or gaps in your paving, which are not only unsightly but could become dangerous for those using the paved area.
Staining is another issue that is particularly pronounced in the winter months. Oil stains, petrol, BBQ fats and food spillages are all likely to stain your paving and the deeper the stain the more difficult it will be to remove. A good, regular cleaning will help to reduce the risk of stains in the future, but for really stubborn or oily stains it is best to contact a professional Maidstone Gleam Team for cleaning and stain removal.
Paving sealing is a great way to protect your hardscapes, but this should be completed well before the onset of winter. The surface needs to be clean and dry before sealer can be applied, as it will not fully absorb into the paved area if it is damp or wet.
The final way to protect paving from the cold is by having it properly sealed at the end of each summer. It is recommended that you do this after a thorough cleaning with a power washer, so that any cracks or imperfections in the surface are filled and resealed. This is to ensure that the surface has the best chance of staying protected throughout the harsh winter weather.