How To Maintain Your Asphalt Driveway

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You have just invested in a brand new driveway, replacing your old, cracked one with a smooth, attractive asphalt surface. Of course, you want to keep your driveway looking and performing well for years to come. Fortunately, you can take a few simple steps to keep it in excellent condition. 

Parking

Try to park in a slightly different place each day. Your vehicle weighs over a ton, and placing that weight on the same spot daily can cause compressions in the asphalt. If you have a camper or some other large vehicle that stays parked for long periods of time, place a pad under the wheels and a block of wood under the tongue, if there is one. Moving the weight around helps keep your driveway free of ruts. 

Edges

The edges of your driveway are the most vulnerable part of the pavement. Avoid parking on or near the edge to avoid excess strain on the driveway. You also need to make sure there is enough soil around the driveway to help support the edges. Try to keep your lawn even with the height of the pavement. 

Repairs

Your driveway will last longer and perform better if you invest in crack filling and break repair surface whenever they appear. One sign of these breaks is any vegetation that may sprout through the surface. If you ignore these trouble spots, moisture will accumulate and expand when it freezes, causing the breaks to become larger. You may try and repair these places yourself, but you may want to contact a professional to take care of the problems. 

Seal coat

When you build your driveway, you should have it seal coated to protect it from the weather and everyday wear. This substance is an asphalt or coal tar emulsion that gives your driveway a handsome black surface. In addition, you need to reapply your seal coating every few years to keep the surface in top shape. Just this simple act of maintenance can prevent many pavement problems.

When you have a new driveway, you want to protect it and keep it smooth and functional for decades. You can help your cause by having any cracks repaired promptly and keeping the surface protected with some seal coat. In addition, you need to build up soil along the edges and vary your parking positions. Just a few simple precautions can keep your driveway looking new and feeling smooth for the foreseeable future. 


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