6. Consistent Snow Removal
Snow and ice piling up on pavement puts an excessive amount of weight on the asphalt/concrete, which increases the chance of breakage. Removing snow soon after it falls will prevent melted snow from turning into standing water. A shovel will suffice for small areas, but you may need to hire a professional snow removal service. But be aware, improper snow removal can cause significant damage. Whether it’s a sharp edge of a shovel or a careless snowplow driver, improper snow removal can bring new damage to pavement surfaces, all while worsening existing problems. Plows can snag and scrape on small cracks or holes and cause major damage. It’s essential to do your research when picking a snow removal company.
Our team of pavement professionals at Winter Solutions, LLC have decades of experience in protecting pavement against winters– specifically the harsh midwest winters! For more information on how we can prepare your parking lot for the winter to come, or to inquire about our commercial snow removal and ice management services, please contact us today!
7. Be Wary When De-Icing
Salt is easily accessible and great for avoiding slip-hazards, which is why many of us stock up on it for de-icing. If your asphalt driveway, parking lot, or roadway was installed by a professional, salting usually won’t damage the surface at all. On the other hand, over-salting can negatively impact the surrounding environment. Runoff from snow and rain sends these chemicals to harm plants and animals; and eventually making its way into waterways where aquatic life can be damaged. To be more environmentally conscious, you may want to consider using an alternative to standard rock salt, such as products made of:
- Salt and sand mixture
- Calcium chloride
- Magnesium chloride
- Potassium chloride
- Liquid potassium acetate
It’s never too early to contact us for a free quote on any asphalt or concrete project. Either submit a request or give us a call at 815-675-0696!