Winterizing your asphalt driveway: 10 steps for Calgary homeowners

As the winter months approach in Calgary, it’s time to start thinking about how you can prepare your asphalt driveway for the harsh weather conditions ahead. Proper maintenance can extend the lifespan of your driveway, prevent costly repairs, and ensure a safe surface for both your vehicles and pedestrians.

As a local paving company dedicated to serving the Calgary community, we’re here to provide you with detailed instructions on how to winterize your asphalt driveway effectively.


  1. Clean thoroughly: Begin by clearing your driveway of debris, leaves, and dirt. This is especially important in the fall, as leaves begin to accumulate with the cooler temperatures. Use a broom, leaf blower, or a pressure washer to ensure that the surface is clean. Removing debris prevents moisture buildup and minimizes the risk of cracks.


  1. Repair cracks and potholes: Address any existing cracks or potholes before winter sets in. Water can seep into these openings, freeze, and expand, causing further damage. Fill small cracks with asphalt crack filler and repair larger holes using a cold patch repair kit. Better yet, call in the experts for professional asphalt repairs that will protect your investment.


  1. Seal coating: Applying a seal coat to your driveway can help protect it from moisture and harsh winter conditions. A quality sealant acts as a barrier against water infiltration and prevents oxidation and UV damage. Be sure to choose a reputable seal coat product and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application, or have it applied professionally.


  1. Resurface if necessary: If your asphalt driveway is showing significant wear and tear, it might be time to resurface it. Resurfacing involves applying a new layer of asphalt on top of the existing surface, giving it a fresh appearance and improved durability. Booking this service in the fall will ensure that your driveway isn’t susceptible to further degrading over the winter months.


  1. Trim nearby trees: Overhanging trees can drop leaves and branches onto your driveway, creating excess moisture that can contribute to future problems. Trim branches that hang over your driveway to minimize the accumulation of debris and prevent potential damage.


  1. Address drainage issues: Ensure that your driveway has proper drainage to prevent water from pooling. Standing water can lead to cracks and deterioration. If you notice areas with poor drainage, consult with a professional to address the issue early before you experience more significant damage to your driveway.


  1. Avoid de-icing chemicals: While de-icing chemicals can help prevent slips and falls, they may damage your asphalt driveway. Instead, look for a calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) or sand mixture instead of rock salt, which can lead to cracking and surface damage.


  1. Use caution with snow removal tools: When shoveling snow, plastic or rubber-edged shovels can help to prevent scraping or damaging the asphalt surface. Avoid using metal blades that can scratch and gouge your driveway.


  1. Regular maintenance: Throughout the seasons, periodically inspect your driveway for any signs of damage or wear. Promptly address any issues that arise to prevent them from worsening. You can always contact us for recommendations on maintenance.


  1. Get professional assistance: Let’s face it, Canada has some of the hardest winters anywhere in the world, and Calgarians are no strangers to comprehensive winter preparation. Make sure this extends to protecting your driveway as well by consulting with a local paving company. At Bulldog Paving, we offer a full range of professional paving services in Calgary, ensuring that your driveway is ready to withstand the challenges of winter.


Your local paving partner

At Bulldog Paving, we understand the unique challenges Calgary’s winters present for asphalt driveways. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you maintain a durable and safe driveway throughout the season. Whether you need sealing, repairs, or resurfacing, we’re here to provide the expertise and quality service you deserve.

Contact us today, and winterize your asphalt driveway with confidence. Bulldog Paving can help get you ready for the changing seasons with expert paving services. Let us help you protect your investment and maintain the beauty and functionality of your driveway, all while ensuring safety for your family and visitors.

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