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Learn How To Tackle Winter Asphalt Maintenance And Why It Is Important

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Winter asphalt maintenance must include patching potholes. A couple of months ago we covered Pothole Patrol: Spotlight On Cities That Give You A Way To Report Dangerous Asphalt but what are you doing about your blacktop? Having a gaping hole on your driveway or parking lot is just as dangerous to passers-by, vehicles, and snow removal equipment. As if that is not enough, the costly damage to your pavement from snow, ice, freeze-thaw cycles, shovels, and plows will bring a frighteningly high spring repair bill. There is an easy fix, no worries, here’s what to do!

Cold Asphalt Patch is easy to use for anyone: homeowner, property manager, or sealcoating professional. This is not your old-school patching potholes material; this is state-of-the-art and engineered to last. Plus it’s a winter asphalt maintenance task that can be completed no matter the outside temperature.

Equipment Needed

  • Chisel or Large Flat-Head Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Coarse Gravel (not round, pea gravel)
  • Cold Asphalt Patch
  • Plywood

Already you can see this is a job that doesn’t require you to have all kinds of specialized equipment! However, an asphalt concrete saw can certainly make step 2 easier.

5 Steps For Applying The Patch

  1. Clear out ice and debris – Take out any garbage and chunks of ice. Remember, if you leave chunks of ice, when it melts you’ll be left with an air pocket and a collapsing, sinking repair job come spring.
  2. Chisel the edges – You’re aiming for straight up-and-down edges and if you can, to make turn the hole into a square to get the best result in patching potholes.
  3. Add gravel as needed – If the hole is deeper than 2 inches, and has soft spots, add coarse gravel, and compact to repair the foundation. Winter asphalt maintenance doesn’t mean you ignore the basics of protecting the base of your blacktop.
  4. Pour the cold asphalt patch – Pliable in the bag, this will quickly set hard as a rock. You want to slightly overfill the area to allow for the next step.
  5. Tamp down and compact – If you don’t have a vibrating plate, just lay plywood over the area and drive over it.

It’s all too easy to ignore winter asphalt maintenance, but patching potholes doesn’t take long, and saves you a fortune in the long run. Leaving a hole allows water and ice to erode even more of the blacktop and its foundation, making for a very expensive spring repair or even replacement. Cold asphalt patch is easy to use and doesn’t demand any expensive, fancy equipment, so why take the chance of injuring a passer-by or even yourself! Get out there with the cold asphalt patch for patching potholes and bring your winter asphalt maintenance up to speed.

17 thoughts on “Learn How To Tackle Winter Asphalt Maintenance And Why It Is Important”

  • I actually have a question. I don't know if you answer them, but I thought I'd try. I want to know can I apply this on top of existing blacktop to level it out? Up against my cement porch it sank down and water runs toward the porch. I would have to build it up approx.2 to 3 inches and out approx. 9 to 10" thinning as I move it out.
    I'd greatly appreciate if you could advise me in the proper way of completing this.
    Thank You

  • You would require our cold patch. Please click the link below for more information:

    Each 50lb bag will cover 4 square feet 2 inches deep. You can tamper it out the way you wanted to level the surface. You could use the car-and-plywood technique to tamper it down as well. In your case you might have to rent a tampering machine for an afternoon and manual tamper it down. It will need to be sealed roughly 12-18 months after application.

    There is no temperature guide for this product. You can use it year round.

  • Delores Lyon March 30 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I think that I may need to do some of this maintenance on my asphalt driveway. It doesn't have any cracks, bu tit isn't looking as good as it usually does. If the driveway still looks weird after this, I'll talk to a contractor.

  • marksullivan December 21 at 1:08 am

    Thanks for wonderful tips!

  • John Ferrell February 10 at 6:11 pm

    I like that you said that we can use gravel to fill a hole that is more than two inches deep. It might be a good idea to ask a professional about maintenance for your asphalt. When I noticed that mine was broken, I hired a professional company to fix it for me.

  • John Mahoney April 21 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you so much for talking about the importance of cleaning out any debris when making asphalt repairs. It is important to remember that taking this into account can help you make sure you get the jo done properly and avoid wasting your time and money. Do you have any suggestions as to how often you should inspect and provide maintenance to an investment like this?

  • Troy Blackburn April 26 at 1:14 pm

    That's a good point you make about how having a huge hole in your asphalt could be dangerous and a hazard when driving over it. I've heard that it's important to do the job right the first time so that the lifetime of your asphalt can be preserved a little longer. I'll be sure to remember this great information so that I can be sure to maintain my asphalt well.

  • Ridley Fitzgerald July 10 at 6:18 pm

    It's great to know how to take care of asphalt in the winter. You're right, having giant holes in my driveway is not safe, and I need to get rid of those. Patching them myself sounds hard, so maybe I'll just hire a pro to help me out.

  • Marcus Coons July 12 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you so much for talking about how it is important to keep up with the maintenance of your asphalt so that the plows don't cause additional damages during the snowy months. It makes sense that taking the time to learn about the importance of maintaining your asphalt can help you make sure you keep it well taken cared of. We are planning on laying asphalt on our driveway and wanted to know what we needed to know to keep it from causing any accidents, so I'm glad I found your post.

  • Roger Middleton September 5 at 10:48 pm

    The parking lot in the parking lot I work at has been a complete mess this winter because there are a handful of holes and with the snow coverage it's hard to see them as we're driving along. I liked that you had mentioned that when pouring the asphalt it is still important to tamp the asphalt down and compact it. I hope that my company hires a professional soon the help fix the asphalt in that parking lot, and I'd hope they know the importance of compacting the area.

  • Dean Phillips September 17 at 5:12 pm

    I have a big long driveway that goes behind the back of the house. We decided to go with asphalt when we put it in. It wasn't until later when it started to have holes that I really thought about the upkeep. This has some great tips I will be sure to fill in the holes with gravel as a temporary fix. For me though, I will be going to a professional to a patch and not try and do it myself the next time we get a hole.

  • Harper Campbell October 4 at 12:32 pm

    It's interesting to learn that when it comes to maintaining asphalt in the winter that there are some different things that they can do to make sure that things are done right. I like how you mentioned that those who need to look at it that they need to add gravel where it is needed, like a hole that is deeper than 2 inches. This is something that I believe our landlord should know to help keep the parking lot smooth.

  • Taylor Bishop October 16 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for the interesting read about asphalt maintenance in the winter time. I actually didn't know that you should add some coarse gravel to a patch hole if it is deeper that 2 inches and has soft spots. I'm kind of interested to learn more about how to measure and make sure the hole is deep enough for this, especially to make sure that this process is done correctly.

  • Steele HondaI am going to have my October 17 at 8:37 am

    Nice tips! I totally agree that patching potholes is important, and it does not take much time! I am going to have my parking lot repaired and after that I will surely keep it in proper condition. Thanks for the advice!

  • Ridley Fitzgerald November 2 at 3:00 pm

    These are some great tips for winter asphalt maintenance. We have an asphalt driveway, and with winter approaching we want to be ready to take care of it. There's already a hole in the drive now, and we don't want frighteningly high repairs in the spring! I'll find a pro to help do some repairs.

  • I liked that you talked about how it would be good to add gravel as needed. It does seem like a good thing to be aware of if you want to prevent you from having issues when installing the asphalt. I have been thinking about installing a new driveway at my house. So it is good to know about the whole gravel thing.

  • I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to add some more gravel to the asphalt. It is good to know that because it seems like it would help a parking lot stand up to a harsh winter. After all, the gravel gives something for the asphalt to hold onto.

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