Driveways are an investment. Not only do they cost money to install, but they also take time and effort to maintain. However, installing an asphalt driveway is a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal. It also has a return on investment, or ROI, because it will increase your property’s overall value! If you follow the three P’s of driveway maintenance, you can ensure your asphalt lasts for at least 30 years.
Preventing damages is vital to prolonging the life of your driveway. For many, the first step to preventing damages is ensuring the foundation layer of your driveway is well laid. This typically means hiring a reputable asphalt professional. In addition to this, you will want to ensure the areas around your driveway drain well. Why? Because water is your driveway’s number one enemy. Not only can it damage the surface of your driveway, but poor drainage around your driveway can affect the foundation layer that keeps your driveway supported.
Second, you will want to protect the driveway itself. This means applying a seal coating as needed. If you have a newly laid driveway, you will want to allow it to cure for at least 6 months. The same is true if you have made recent large-scale repairs. A driveway sealant repels water and prevents surface erosion. Additionally, the driveway sealant acts as a UV ray and oxygen blocker. Both UV rays and oxygen corrode driveways. This makes them brittle. One of the key features of a driveway lies in its flexibility. Over drying this can lead to cracking.
Being pro-active, in general, will help you maintain your asphalt driveway. This includes routine cleaning. Sweeping or power washing your driveway can help you determine the state of your driveway and if it needs re-sealing. If you notice cracks forming, proactively filling them as soon as possible can prevent them from increasing in size. Furthermore, it can prevent water from seeping into that all-important base layer. Should you notice insects or weeds coming from cracks in your driveway, take the time to get rid of them before repairing the crack. Potholes are also do-it-yourself (DIY) jobs that do not necessarily require a professional. By taking care of cracks or holes early, you prevent extensive damages that can lead to the need for a complete repaving. Be pro-active and save yourself from costly repairs.