Atlanta’s weather is so fickle and can change drastically week to week. Last week’s snow came as a surprise as the weather was quite pleasant until just before the snow. This past week has been colder than most as this cold front has remained.
What does this mean for your asphalt pavement and how does the cold affect your pavement?
The most dangerous part of the winter season is that the winter cold causes water to freeze. As water freezes, it expands. If water is in your asphalt pavement then it can cause cracks. The freezing and thawing of water can cause major damages in your asphalt pavement.
So how can you guard against the damages that winter might bring?
First, you want to make sure that your pavement is sealcoated before the winter season. Sealcoating must be done when the temperature is 50 degrees or higher. It is best to get your sealcoating done in the spring, but it can be done up until the fall season. Sealcoating is a preventative measure that helps protect your pavement from having water penetrate, keeping the freeze and thaw cycle from hurting your pavement.
The second thing is to make sure that any current cracks are filled. Make sure that the cracks you see are getting taken care of before further damage happens. Once cracks start to form water can infiltrate and the freezing and thawing process can cause those cracks to get bigger.
Third, make sure to remove all debris and dirt prior to any potential snow. We don’t get much snow here in Atlanta so we are not always the best accustomed to preparing for snow. If snow is on the horizon it is best to clear all debris from the pavement. This way if it does snow and the snow melts it wont take any of the debris with it as it may run into some unforeseen cracks in your pavement.
Fourth, clear away the snow with a shovel to keep any water from pooling once the snow begins to melt. Keeping water from pooling, no matter what time of year is very important to keep cracks from forming.
If you do have a pothole it is important that you take care of that quick before other damages come.
If you have any questions on how to best protect your asphalt pavement, make sure to give us a call! (404) 925-0257