How To Prepare Your Driveway For The Winter Months

Your driveway is an essential part of your property. It leads people to your home and it provides your vehicles with a safe place to remain while they are not in use. Therefore, you want to make sure that you are properly preparing your driveway for the harsh winter months that are fast approaching. This way, your driveway will remain in the best possible condition.

Stock Up On Cat Litter For Traction

The last thing you want to do is to find yourself out of anything for traction on the snow and ice that has built up on your driveway, and you should never reach for rock salt. You will want to refrain from using the rock salt on your driveway because of the way it can cause damage to it. Instead, you will want to have a large supply of cat litter on hand that you can throw on the driveway to walk on and to get better traction under the tires of your vehicle.

Fill In All Of The Cracks And Holes 

It is important to make sure that you are taking the time to carefully and closely inspect the driveway so you can spot any cracks or holes in it. This way, you will not have to worry about any water getting in those spots. The reason this is an issue is that water that gets in there during the winter can freeze once the temperatures drop low enough. As the water in the holes and cracks freezes, it will expand and push the asphalt or concrete further apart. By the time winter is over, your driveway will be in worse shape than it was before the cold weather arrived. To fill the holes and cracks, you will need to purchase the proper supplies at a hardware store or a major home improvement retailer.

Add A Fresh Layer Of Sealant

You will want to set aside a day when you can coat the driveway with a quality sealcoat. It is vital that you are first sweeping and washing your driveway so it is perfectly cleaned. Then you will want to add the sealcoat material to your driveway as outlined in the directions. This should always be the step that is taken after you have successfully filled all of the cracks and holes in the driveway. If you're rather have a professional sealcoat your driveway, contact a company like ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co.

After doing just those three things, you will find that your driveway is much more prepared for the upcoming winter months.