How Sealcoating Reduces Snowplow Damage

Posted by Judson Burdon on September 30
Posted in Asphalt Maintenance, Sealcoating

Snowplowing may be the fastest and most convenient way to remove snow from your asphalt driveway. However, there is a huge probability that this time-saving process can mean quicker and costlier pavement deterioration.

Before that ever happens to your driveway, here's how pavement sealing can reduce snowplow damage.

Why Snowplowing Damages Asphalt? 

When the blades of the snowplow machine are set too low, it can scrape, scratch, and tear the top layer of an asphalt driveway, leaving it more susceptible to external factors like water and debris.

Snowplows are categorized into two types: manual and those that are attached in front of a vehicle. Both options use blades, often made of metal, to move and scrape snow off the surface.

Whenever the blades contact the surface, they remove accumulated snow and chip and scrape the asphalt's top layer.

Damage is not usually significant after one to two snowplowing. But repeated snowplowing will eventually take a toll on the driveway. And, more often than not, you will only notice it until it's too late.

Aside from the asphalt-damaging blades, the operation of the equipment also plays a huge role. Since snow covers the surface, it's harder for the operator to determine how high or low the blades should be. If your driveway is uneven, this can even be more challenging.

How Can Sealcoating Reduce Snowplow Damage? 

Let's get things straight. Snow doesn't damage asphalt, provided that it is adequately sealed and well-maintained. However, if you have an old, damaged, and unsealed driveway, now that's a different thing.

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Snow can enter through the cracks. Once it melts and freezes again, the ice will expand, making the pre-existing damages even more significant. If left unattended, small cracks can turn into larger fissures and more expensive asphalt driveway repair.

With sealcoating, you can avoid costly and unwanted damages.

1. Adds a protective barrier 

Sealcoating consists of coal tar, fillers, additives, and other chemicals made specifically to protect asphalt from external elements like sun and water. It is also more resistant to the snowplow's blade than a bare layer of asphalt.

2. Hit two birds with one stone 

Have cracks and an unsealed driveway? A reputable sealcoating company will use a crack filler to repair damages before applying sealcoating. This extra step ensures that sealcoating is more effective. If you want to do it yourself, we have a wonderful resource about how to seal like a pro and a guide to driveway repair

Many homeowners and property owners ask if they can sealcoat over cracks. The answer is no.

3. Reduce frequent snowplowing needs 

Another great thing about applying sealcoating on your driveway is you can save money and time. Sealcoating helps speed up snowmelt, reducing the need to hire a professional or do the tedious task yourself.

Are You Ready for Winter? 

Before snow and snowplowing damages your asphalt, take extra precautionary measures and get sealcoating. For DIY asphalt maintenance, Action Seal offers asphalt driveway sealants and crack fillers.  

If you need are unsure of what sealant you should use on your driveway or other materials you need, you can call us at (855) 554-4386. 

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Judson Burdon created his own asphalt maintenance business out of Montreal, Quebec over 20 years ago. He is now President of Action Seal, where he helps contractors and property owners throughout Canada with their asphalt maintenance equipment and supply needs.

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