Asphalt driveway contractors don’t actually spend the majority of their time pouring new asphalt. Instead, quite often the bulk of our work is doing repairs and maintenance. When a piece of asphalt is properly maintained, it can last for years with little or no repairs needed – but when it’s neglected, it can quickly begin to form cracks and potholes that will only get worse over time.
However, there’s no secret to maintaining your asphalt driveway. In fact, it’s usually quite easy! Here are a few tips for extending your driveway’s lifespan.
Five Tips from Asphalt Driveway Contractors for Maintaining Your Asphalt
- Regularly check for cracks or potholes.
It’s a good idea to take a close look at your asphalt every month or two and watch for any small cracks or holes which are forming. When they’re small, they’re easy to patch. You might even be able to do it yourself. However, once a crack starts, it will only get bigger. The earlier you catch the problem, the cheaper it is to fix.
- Clean your driveway at least twice a year.
At a bare minimum, give your driveway a good hose-down and sweeping twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. If possible, doing this once per season is better. Otherwise, debris (like branches) can be pushed into the asphalt by vehicles, become embedded, and encourage cracking.
- Use sealcoat every 2-3 years.
Sealcoating your asphalt driveway is the best way to keep it safe. A quality sealcoat protects it from the elements, keeps unwanted oils and other contaminants away, and helps it maintain its strength. You can avoid most maintenance issues entirely with sealcoating.
- Clean up oil, fuel, or citrus spills immediately.
Oil, gasoline, and citrus-based products (like citrus cleaners) are the worst for asphalt, even if it’s seal-coated. Clean up any of these spills without delay and be thorough.
- Don’t turn your vehicle’s wheels without moving
Asphalt is weakest when something is sitting still, so moving your wheels without moving your vehicle can cause scuffs or dents in the asphalt. Always try to be rolling before you turn the steering wheel, whenever it’s possible.
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