Asphalt pavement increases the curb appeal of your home. It also makes winter snow removal much easier. Taking care of your asphalt will help to prolong its lifespan and reduce repair or replacement costs. Below are three tips to help ensure your asphalt looks beautiful and functions properly for many years to come.
Regular, preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to increase the lifespan of your asphalt pavement. Power washing your asphalt can help to deep clean it in preparation for winter and seal coating. For most owners, asphalt should be sealed every 1 to 3 years. Usage and the environmental exposure of your asphalt will determine frequency with which sealing should occur. However, if you see individual stone color – it is time to reseal. Before doing so, however, be sure to examine any cracks. Applying crack filler can help prevent a small fissure from growing into a much more expensive issue.
Water damages are one of the biggest troubles when it comes to asphalt pavement. Standing water can seep into cracks. As water freezes, it expands. If this water is sitting inside of a crack when it freezes, it will end up causing larger issues. However, water sitting on your asphalt is not the only danger. Water accumulating alongside your asphalt can also be problematic. This water sinks into the soil during the day as snow melts. At night, as temperatures drop again, it freezes. If pools of water do this beside your driveway, uneven levels of water may be accumulating in the soil beneath your asphalt. This can disrupt the foundation and cause bumps in your driveway from below. Be sure to direct drainage fields away from your asphalt. Clogged gutters can cause water to shoot off your roof and pool on your asphalt. Be sure to clear the gutters and drain pipes around your asphalt to ensure this does not happen.
Regular maintenance can help prevent or repair minor damages to your asphalt pavement. However, some repairs may be beyond your capabilities. Alligator cracking, for example, occurs when cracks in the asphalt are so numerous they resemble alligator skin. Applying crack filler in these areas will not suffice. Areas where alligator cracking is occurring, or chunks of asphalt are crumbling away, may need a professional touch. Repaving may be necessary in some situations.