Summer never lasts forever, and now fall is approaching with soon-to-follow freezing and snow. It is important that you prepare your home exterior and your yard for winter weather, so you don't have to worry about maintaining it during the upcoming cold weather. Here are some recommendations you can use to get the outside of your home and yard ready for fall and its wet weather.

Paving Maintenance

The paved surfaces around your yard are susceptible to winter damage as the temperatures dip to freezing and moisture sitting upon them repeatedly freezes and thaws. Your asphalt is a dark-colored surface that can warm up in winter with its sun-absorbing colors to help keep snow and ice from remaining upon it long, but this can lead to excessive damage to its surface if you have not prepared it for winter. Be sure you repair any cracks on your asphalt before winter sets in so you can minimize pavement damage.

As a DIY project, fill in any asphalt cracks yourself with a cold-mix asphalt patching material, which you can find in bags at a local home improvement store. You can also use a liquid emulsion crack filler to fill smaller cracks, which is also found at home improvement stores. Just make sure you first clean out the cracks, especially larger ones, or any loose asphalt, dirt, and any weed growth. You don't want to pack a patching material over any debris, as it will cause your patch to loosen and fall out during the winter, leading to even more damage occurring.

When you have widespread damage to your asphalt, hiring a professional asphalt crew to repair it can be cost-effective for you. They will provide hot mix asphalt to repair cracks and fill potholes; then they can apply a protective sealcoat to seal in the surface of the asphalt and the filled cracks, further improving the asphalt's waterproof qualities.

Drainage Improvement

The soil's landscape around the exterior of your home foundation can make a big difference in the water drainage off from your home during winter. Check your foundation soil to make sure it slopes away from your home instead of remaining level or sloping toward your home. If the soil does not slope away from your home, it can cause water to pool around your foundation and not drain away, leading to interior moisture problems, especially in the spring when the ground thaws and becomes saturated.

Supplement your landscaping soil around the foundation, giving it a slope. This can also provide you with an opportunity to create attractive bedding areas for landscape vegetation, such as planting bulbs, and preparing the new soil for spring. Contact a company like Specialty Construction Supply for more information and assistance.