Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter Driveway Maintenance Tips

Snow and snow removal can wear down your driveway all season long. The expert driveway pavers at McFarlane Asphalt Paving have helped homeowners protect and maintain asphalt driveways in Bergen County since 1959, and over the years we have accumulated some tips and hints that will see you through the winter with your driveway intact.

Do not use rock salt on your paved driveway – salt will grind and wear down the top of your driveway, and can create big problems for you in the spring and summer. This will eventually lead to the need for asphalt driveway paving in Bergen County. Take advantage of a liquid de-icer and you won’t need to worry.

Adjust the blade of your snow blower – scratching and scraping your asphalt with a shovel is one thing, but a snow blower will take huge chunks off your surface if you aren’t careful. Keep about two inches of clearance between the blade and the ground, and sweep or shovel the remainder away.

Check that gutters are not draining into your driveway – what good is clearing away ice and accumulation if you are simply going to be fighting against the runoff from your home. Simply adjust the downspouts and ensure that the water goes onto the lawn or the street. Poor drainage is the death of asphalt driveways even in the best condition.

Using these tips, get ready for winter and have the peace of mind that you will not have a huge task waiting for you to fix after the snow thaws. If you need help getting your asphalt driveway in NJ ready for the winter, contact the experts at McFarlane Asphalt Paving today.

McFarlane Paving
68 Alcott Rd. Mahwah, NJ 07430

Monday, December 2, 2013

Asphalt Driveway Paving Tips

Cold weather can be a very harmful force for your asphalt driveway to deal with, and proper care and preparation can save you a great deal of time and effort down the line. The experts at McFarlane Paving are professional pavers with over fifty years of experience helping homeowners prepare their asphalt for adverse weather.

Here are some asphalt paving in Bergen County tips:
  1. Good driveways are built from the bottom up, so if there are slopes, divots or uneven patches there is a chance water can get underneath.
  2. Ice inside the cracks of your driveway or underneath will destroy the pavement as it hardens. The best driveway is sealed completely.
  3. Smooth doesn’t mean good. Make sure that the drainage of your driveway is directed away from your foundation and towards the street or another drain.
  4. Salt for de-icing could damage the top layer of your asphalt. A liquid de-icer could not only have better results overall but could similarly save you from harming the driveway.

If you want to learn more about how to get your driveway ready for winter, contact McFarlane Paving today and speak with an expert about driveway paving in Bergen County.

McFarlane Paving
68 Alcott Rd. Mahwah, NJ 07430