Your Fall Driveway Checklist

Fall is one of the most important times of year for driveway maintenance.

Fall is one of the most important times of year for driveway maintenance.

While the fall is a relaxing season for many of us, it can be very damaging to our asphalt driveways. With the change in weather, you will find that your driveway will need to garner more attention than the rest of the seasons. Even your gutters can wreak havoc on your driveway during the fall. Keep your gutters in tip-top shape by cleaning them once leaves begin to fall from your trees. You should also make sure that your downspout does not dump water onto your driveway; use an extender if necessary.

Cover Up Those Cracks

That small crack on your driveway can turn into a very big crack by the time spring rolls around. This is because water can enter the crack and freeze when the temperature drops, causing it to expand and create pressure on your asphalt. This freeze-thaw cycle can happen several times during the fall and winter seasons, which is why many potholes appear during the spring months. Use a push broom or leaf blower to keep your driveway clear of fallen leaves. If left to sit on your driveway for an extended period of time, these leaves can cause uneven fading.

Apply a Fresh Sealcoat

A seal coat adds an extra layer of defense to your driveway, helping to protect it from water, oil spills, and UV rays. The fall is the perfect time to seal coat your driveway because it can defend your asphalt from the continuous freeze-thaw cycles. The fall season is the optimal time for sealing cracks so that when the heat from summer comes back around and the asphalt has warmed and expanded, the cracks are sealed tightly from rain and water runoff. Cracks sealed in the heat of the summer have the potential of opening up in the winter again when the asphalt has cooled and the cracks have contracted again, allowing melting snow and water to penetrate them.

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