How to Maintain Asphalt in Winter: Causes of Damage and How Magic Seal Can Help

Asphalt is one of the most popular materials for driveways and parking lots because it is durable, easy to maintain, and looks great. However, asphalt can be damaged in winter weather if not properly maintained. Let Baughman Magic Seal protect and maintain your asphalt during the winter season.

Causes of Asphalt Damage

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Buffalo winters are notoriously unpredictable, with clear skies and mild temperatures one day, to frigid temps and two feet of snow the next. This freezing and thawing cycle is one of the main causes of asphalt damage in winter. As water seeps into cracks in the asphalt, it expands when it freezes and contracts when it thaws. This can cause the asphalt to crumble and break apart. 

Another cause of winter damage to asphalt is deicing chemicals. Deicing chemicals are compounds that are used to remove ice from roads, sidewalks, and other surfaces. They usually contain sodium chloride (salt) or calcium chloride. Deicing chemicals can cause serious damage to asphalt, including cracks, potholes, and asphalt disintegration. These chemicals eat away at the asphalt, causing it to deteriorate over time. Learn more about using road salt in “Are You Using Road Salt on Your Asphalt”?

Prevent Winter Asphalt Damage

To protect your asphalt from winter damage, you need to apply a high-quality sealant. This protective layer will help guard against corrosion and resist freezing, thawing, and chemical damage. It also fills in small cracks and holes, preventing water from seeping in and threatening the integrity of the base layers.

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At Baughman Magic Seal our goal is to extend the longevity of your asphalt surfaces. Our sealcoat is a mixture of Coaltar Sealer, 30% Water, 1% Latex Additive, 3 lbs sand per gallon. (The sand provides increased traction and durability without being visible.) It’s easy to apply and dries quickly, so you can enjoy the benefits of a well-protected asphalt driveway or parking lot all winter long.

Call us today at 716-836-8880 to learn more about our asphalt sealing services or to schedule your next service.