What Should You Be Doing To Protect The Asphalt Surface Of Your New Driveway?
After having asphalt poured on your property to create a smooth new driveway, you may be eager to start using it each day. As time wears on, however, you might wonder whether you're able to do anything to protect the surface and keep it from becoming faded and cracked. Luckily, if you regularly take steps to maintain the asphalt surface of your driveway, it will remain intact. Use the guidance below to know what you should be doing.
Like many, you have probably seen many store and company parking lots with asphalt surfaces that seem gray and fading. You might think this is the natural course of events for the surface after years of exposure to rain, sun and snow, but that is not true. With a good sealcoating, your own asphalt does not have to suffer that fate.
Sealcoating is done by a contractor; the process includes effectively sealing the surface of your driveway. After the sealant is applied, the driveway will be more resistant to water damage and ultraviolet sun rays. The important thing to remember is that sealcoating shouldn't be a one-time application; for best results, you should schedule the process every few years.
Clean the Surface
Another thing that must be done regularly is a quick cleaning of the driveway whenever debris builds up or there is a stain on the surface. When you allow bird waste, wet leaves, oil spills and other things to build up on the surface of your driveway, they can slowly cause damage and discoloration.
To get stains off of the driveway, use some plain baking soda to absorb any liquids, and gentle dishwashing liquid soap and a hard-bristle brush to scrub stubborn stains. Sweep or hose down your driveway on a regular basis to rid the surface of litter and other debris. By keeping your driveway clear and clean, you may prevent damage.
Fix Problems Right Away
Inevitably you'll notice a small surface crack. That may seem acceptable so you may ignore it. However, that could be bad for the asphalt. Remember that rain will infiltrate even the tiniest of cracks, causing it to deepen or widen. Not only that, but as it works its way down into the ground over time, water can affect the soil under the surface; soil might shift, and when your car rolls over the surface, the changes in soil support under the driveway could result in more cracking.
Fill cracks with the assistance of commercial crack filling products bought at home improvement stores instead of ignoring them. If they become large, call a contractor for advice.
When you're doing everything discussed here, the surface of your driveway should continue to remain intact and beautiful. Consult asphalt contractors for more help.