It is important to maintain your asphalt driveway to add value your home. Well maintained driveways are also aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Proper care of that driveway is the key to increasing the longevity of the pavement and keeping it nice. Unkept driveways are likely to become cracked and broken in just fifteen years. Instead of spending the big bucks several times throughout your life, listen to our experts to learn about driveway maintenance. Here are a few tips on how to increase the life of your paved driveway and how to keep it looking sharp.
New and old pavement alike needs to be seal coated. We recommend seal coating your driveway a year after installation. After that, you only need to add a fresh coat every three to four years depending on how much it washes or fades away. Seal coating prevents erosion during temperature changes and other weather events. It almost acts like glue that holds together and reinforces the structure of the driveway.
Fix the Problems
Another key to maintain your asphalt driveway is to fill in any cracks or depressions. If you inspect your driveway fairly often, you can easily detect problem spots and fix them as soon as you notice them. This keeps them from getting larger and more costly to fix. This is especially important if you live in an area that has freezing temperatures during the winter months. As water creeps into those cracks, it freezes and makes the cracks larger. By filling those cracks early, water doesn’t have the chance to lay in there and later freeze and cause foundational problems.
Keep It Clean
Even though your asphalt driveway is outside and is considered the “ground,” keeping it clean is crucial. If something spills on your driveway or dirt gets away from you, make sure to clean it afterward. Chemicals on the pavement can cause it to deteriorate and eat away at the tar. Additionally, dirt can get into the grooves and weeds and grass can grow up and cause unnecessary wear and tear. Keeping it clean with go a long way.
Let It Dry
Make sure your driveway can dry and doesn’t have standing water on it. Standing water erodes the stones that are held together by tar and cause dips and puddles. If left this way, the dips will grow and eventually turn into potholes and who wants those?
Hire an Expert Paving Contractor
If all else fails, hire a paving contractor to look at your driveway and provide a driveway maintenance plan. Most paving contractors like John Parichuk Paving offer free quotes, so you have nothing to lose.
Properly maintaining your driveway on a yearly basis saves you from bigger headaches like excavating and repaving your driveway at a later time. Save yourself the stress, time, and money by using these tips to maintain your asphalt driveway.