Planning to install an asphalt driveway in your home? The correct installation of asphalt is essential for ensuring the safety and structural integrity of the paved surface, while proper maintenance will help to keep it performing well and looking great all year round, despite the constant exposure to vehicular traffic and harsh outdoor elements.
Here are a few essential maintenance tips for your asphalt driveway.
Over time, your asphalt can collect a lot of dirt, oil, and debris from everyday use of the driveway. Cleaning the pavement on a regular basis helps to show off its beauty while getting rid of the elements that may cause premature failure of the asphalt structure.
Start the cleaning process by sweeping your driveway to remove any loose dirt and large debris that has collected on its surface. When you're done sweeping the entire driveway, shift your attention to specific areas of the driveway that have stains and need spot cleaning. On residential driveways, stains are usually caused by automotive fluid spillages. These stains can be quite difficult to remove and typically require the use of special chemical cleaners.
Proceed to hose down your entire driveway once you have removed any stubborn stains from your driveway.
After your asphalt installation has cured properly, a layer of sealant is usually applied to it to help protect the pavement from the vagaries of the weather, including heavy rain, heat waves, and sunlight's UV radiation.
Over time, the sealcoating wears off from constant battering by the elements and will need to be reapplied to provide the asphalt with the protection it needs to remain intact and keep looking like new.
The good news is that asphalt sealing is a maintenance task you only need to perform occasionally: it's recommended you sealcoat your driveway every 3-5 years, depending on your local climate and how well you take care of the driveway, overall.
Asphalt Crack Repair
No matter how well you keep up with your driveway's cleaning and sealcoating requirements, cracking is inevitable. All asphalt driveways eventually start cracking over time, and when this happens, prompt crack repairs should be conducted.
Filling the small, hairline cracks that form on the surface of your asphalt driveway without delay will help to prevent the problem from exacerbating and resulting in the need for a costly driveway resurfacing or replacement.
If you need help with asphalt maintenance, don't hesitate to contact an asphalt paving solutions company near you.