How to Extend the Life of Your Asphalt Driveway
Regardless of what material your driveway is made of, regular maintenance is critical to prevent potholes, cracks, and crumbles. A driveway is a big investment and endures a lot of wear and tear over time from intense sun, vehicle weight, salt damage, and water that seeps into the cracks and freeze in the winter. It is crucial that you take care of it properly. Here are some good tips for extending the life of your asphalt driveway:
Start with good installation
Hiring a dependable paving contractor to install your driveway is essential; otherwise, you can do all the maintenance you want but still not save your investment.
Research home improvement consumer websites, like HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List, for established, reputable asphalt driveway paving companies in your area. Ask family, friends, and neighbors for referrals. Ask companies you are considering for references from recent customers as well as photos of completed work, and information about business history, pricing, and reliability.
Request proof they are licensed, bonded, and insured for both liability and worker’s compensation. Verify that they are rated by the Better Business Bureau; and ask about warranties for both labor and materials. By doing your due-diligence in hiring a driveway paving company, you take the most critical step in ensuring your driveway’s longevity.
Perform regular maintenance
A well-maintained driveway affects both your home’s curb appeal and resale value. Every two to three years is the suggested schedule for regular driveway maintenance to prevent cracks and staining.
The most important step you can take to protect your driveway is sealcoating because it prevents car fluids, water, ice, salt, chemicals, and other substances from staining and breaking down the driveway material. Unfortunately, there’s no way to stop cracking because forces of nature–like tree roots growing under the surface allow water to seep underneath. When cracks appear, it is important that you tend to them quickly to prevent further damage.
Budget for repairs
In addition to regular driveway maintenance every two- or three-years, you should also plan for maintenance in your annual household budget. This way when the repairs are necessary, you aren’t shocked or unprepared for the expense and can make any updates quickly.
Considering the financial investment and the impact on your home’s curb appeal and resale value, it’s wise to take measures, such as hiring a reliable asphalt paving contractor who uses quality materials at the onset, perform routine maintenance, and budget for maintenance in order to extend the life of your driveway. Plus, it’s much more pleasant to drive onto a well-maintained driveway than one riddled with monster crevices or potholes.
John Parichuk Paving is ready to help you with your driveway needs today. Contact John today at 717-577-7329.