Maintaining your asphalt driveway will help it last longer and keep it looking better. Driveway maintenance is crucial to the lifespan of your driveway. Maintaining your new driveway does not have to be hard. If you follow our three main principles you will be in good shape.
- Keep it clean!
- Fill any cracks!
- Keep it sealed!
Keeping it clean – Your asphalt driveway like anything else in and around your home should be kept free and clear of dirt, dust and debris. The reason is the dirt can build up in your asphalt and hold moisture. While the black asphalt does a great job of keeping moisture at bay, having a dirty driveway can lead to some of this moisture staying around for longer periods of time and could loosen the binding agents in your asphalt. This could cause cracking, chipping and loosening of your asphalt. Keep it clean!
Keep your driveway free and clear of oil, a leaky engine from your car could have devastating effects on your asphalt driveway. The oil can react with the binder agents and cause your driveway to start cracking and loosening up. We recommend a good commercial degreaser and a washing with the garden hose. Do this as soon as you notice an oil spill or any spill for that matter.
Fill any cracks – Asphalt, while made to be flexible can still crack occasionally. To keep the cracks from getting worse, we recommend filling the cracks during the fall season when the cracks are opened the widest. This will help keep it from getting worse and could add years of life to your driveway.
Keep it sealed – Sealing your driveway every 3 -5 years will keep it lasting longer and give it a fresh look for another few years. You will want to clean it and fill any cracks before you seal your driveway. Sealing your driveway will help shed the moisture and keep dirt and oils from seeping down into your driveway. You should give a brand new driveway at least 6 months to cure before you seal it. We recommend a year to allow the driveway to fully cure.
Follow these three simple principles and your driveway will last longer and look better.
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