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Introduction: Winter brings its own set of challenges for maintaining your shingle driveway. With cold temperatures, snow, and ice, it’s essential to take proper care to ensure your driveway remains safe, functional, and looking its best. In this blog post, Canterbury Resin Driveways will provide 0you valuable tips and insights on maintaining your shingle driveway during the winter months.


  1. Clear Snow and Ice Promptly:

Regular snow and ice removal are crucial to prevent slippery conditions and potential damage to your shingle driveway. Use a snow shovel with a non-metal edge to avoid scratching the surface and a de-icer or rock salt sparingly to melt ice. Be cautious with chemical de-icers, as some may harm plants or grass near your driveway.


  1. Use a Plastic Snow Shovel:

Opt for a plastic snow shovel instead of a metal one to reduce the risk of damaging the shingle material. Plastic shovels are gentler on the surface and less likely to create scratches or gouges.


  1. Avoid Heavy Machinery:

Do not use heavy machinery, such as snowploughs or snow blowers, on your shingle driveway. These can displace or damage the gravel and disrupt the driveway’s integrity.


  1. Regularly Rake and Level:

During the winter, snow and ice can cause the shingle material to shift and become uneven. Periodically rake and level your driveway to maintain its appearance and prevent depressions or ridges from forming.


  1. Fill in Low Spots:

If you notice low spots or areas where the shingle material has been displaced, add fresh gravel to fill them in. Level the surface to ensure proper drainage.


  1. Weed Control:

While weeds may not be as visible in winter, they can still take root beneath the surface—control weed growth using a weed barrier or landscape fabric beneath the shingle material.


  1. Prevent Rutting:

Avoid making sharp turns or sudden stops on your shingle driveway, especially if you have heavy vehicles. Proper base preparation during installation can help minimise rutting.


  1. Inspect for Damage:

Regularly inspect your shingle driveway for any signs of damage, such as deep gouges or displacement. Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.


  1. Maintain Drainage:

Ensure that the drainage around your shingle driveway remains unobstructed. Remove any snow or ice buildup from drainage ditches or culverts to prevent water buildup.


  1. Use Traction Aids:

Consider using sand or kitty litter to enhance traction on your driveway during icy conditions. These materials provide grip and can help reduce slipping.


Conclusion: Maintaining your shingle driveway during winter is essential to ensure its longevity and safety. Following these winter-specific maintenance tips from Canterbury Resin Driveways can keep your driveway in excellent condition throughout the season. Remember that proper care and timely attention to any issues will help you enjoy your shingle driveway’s rustic charm and functionality year-round.


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