An asphalt driveway can be a convenient and attractive addition to your property, but without correct maintenance, it will deteriorate quickly. By taking care of your driveway and arranging regular maintenance, you can extend its useful life span by years. For the best results, follow these care tips.
Let It Cure
When your driveway is first installed, it is vulnerable to pressure and warping. For the first two days, don’t walk or drive on your new asphalt, and avoid parking there for at least two weeks. For the first few months, don’t park on the asphalt during the hottest part of the day, and take care to keep sharp or heavy objects off the surface.
Keep It Clean
Because asphalt driveway paving is oil-based, other oil-based materials, like gasoline and motor oil, can easily deteriorate or stain the surface. For this reason, keep an eye out for any leaks or spills, and use absorbent materials, such as sawdust, sand, or cat litter, to clean them up.
Get It Sealed
Your driveway’s seal coating is essential to keep your asphalt flexible, which prevents cracking. This coating needs to be reapplied regularly to maintain its effectiveness. Get your driveway sealed every three years or as recommended by your local paving company.
Fill Any Cracks
If your asphalt does crack, it’s vital to fill it as soon as possible. The longer it’s exposed to the elements, the worse the crack will get, and the more likely others are to form. As soon as you notice a problem, call for paving repairs.
With care and attention, you can keep your driveway smooth, clean, and in top shape. Plan for regular maintenance, take steps to preserve the surface of your asphalt, and you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.
For almost 30 years, GMG General has provided top quality paving services throughout the Anchorage, AK area. From simple driveways to roads and parking lots, they’ll tackle any residential or commercial project with speed, skill, and great customer service. They also offer excavation, landscaping, and snow removal. To arrange service, call (907) 349-7854 or reach out online.