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How to Protect Your Driveway During Winter

Paving Plus Urges Homeowners to Protect Their Driveways

As the cold weather approaches in Southwestern Virginia, Paving Plus offers tips on how to protect your driveway during winter. While winter in and around Christiansburg, VA, isn’t as bad as it is elsewhere, winter weather can still harm driveways. When your driveway freezes and thaws, your blacktop surface feels the effects.


Melting ice and snow leads to pooling water, which further compromises the driveway pavement. Depending on size, a driveway can be one of your biggest property investments. So take some time to protect your driveway during winter.



Call Paving Plus to Sealcoat Your Driveway in the Fall

Even before the winter season, you should sealcoat your driveway. If you want to keep your driveway undamaged, then have Paving Plus do sealcoating in the fall. Our sealcoating prevents damaging water from melting snow and ice from draining down to the base material.


Fall sealcoating also helps protect asphalt from the sun as well as the harmful effects of oil and gasoline spills. When Paving Plus does sealcoating, we seal the small cracks that can turn into large cracks. The top surface layer won’t erode, and small cracks won’t appear on the blacktop surface.



Regularly Shovel or Plow Snow and Ice Off of the Asphalt

Another way to protect your driveway in the winter is to keep it clear of snow and ice. By clearing your driveway of snow, ice, and water, you’re preventing the freeze and thaw cycle from damaging the blacktop. Some residents and business owners choose to plow the snow and ice. Others clear the snow the old-fashioned way, with a shovel. Shoveling the snow is less expensive than plowing the driveway yourself or hiring someone else. As a reminder, snow is easier to remove from asphalt than a gravel or dirt driveway.



Paving Plus Can Repair Winter Potholes and Cracks  

Most homeowners will wait until warm weather returns to make any driveway repairs. However, if potholes show up on your driveway, you should address them right away before they grow. Paving Plus can fill cracks with hot rubberized crack filling to stabilize cracks and maintain the integrity of your asphalt surface.


Any cracks or holes allow water to infiltrate into the area below the asphalt. This water can destroy the integrity of your pavement. If it goes through the winter freeze/thaw cycles, your pavement could crack throughout within the year.


Contact Paving at (540) 731-3000 when you need repairs for your driveway. You can also follow us on Facebook. Call us to learn more about how to protect your driveway during winter.