Snow Melt Effects: New vs. Old Pavement

Snow melt affects new and old pavement differently. This is because older asphalt and concrete pavements are not treated with the same materials that newer pavements are. This treatment for newer pavement allows snow to melt faster and not accumulate, making the roads easier to travel. The different types of treatments for pavement is important to understand especially when replacing your own driveway. Using newer treatments and road surfaces will make your driveway a better surface for melting snow.

Snow Melt Effects on Older Roads

Older roads that are untreated are more susceptible to the build up of ice and damage as a result of snow removal. Melting snow will remain on an older road and become ice or some other hazard for motorists. This is because the technologies used in roads today did not exist in the past, resulting in roads retaining much of the snow and ice that makes them difficult to travel.  

New Road Technology

Newer asphalt roads in particular are designed to allow snow to melt easily and drain from the road surface. Chemical treatments that are added to the road finish aid in this increased melting by raising the temperature of the road surface so that they can retain heat and melt snow. As the snow accumulates the technology in place on new road surfaces allows for the roads to process snow and get it off of the roadside.

This allows cars to travel on a newer road employing snow melting technology easier than those roads that are older and do not employ the technology.  This advent in road building applies not only to city roads and highways but also driveways.

Using Snow Melt Technologies on Driveways

Before your car makes it onto the street it will have to leave your driveway. Not removing accumulated snow or allowing it to turn into ice creates a hazardous driving situation. To eliminate this situation a homeowner should consider the removal of snow by replacing an older driveway with one that has materials for snow melting.

It may also be possible to chemically treat the driveway in the case where the driveway is not to old. A chemical treatment may be the thing needed to increase the snow melting properties of your driveway.

Cost Considerations

If you consider replacing an existing driveway with one that has increased snow melting properties you need to consider the costs involved with the replacement.  You can be looking at spending several thousands of dollars to replace your existing driveway. This consideration is important if you want to save your driveway from the damage that occurs from scraping ice and removing snow. With older driveways you will spend as much over time filling holes and patching the driveway as you will replacing it with a driveway that is designed to melt snow. Looking at the costs will help you determine the best way to address snow melting effects on your driveway.