When an asphalt driveway heats up in the summer sun, the surface can soften and become more prone to damage. Cracking is one of the most common summertime asphalt issues, but other potential problems to be aware of range from scratches and scuffs to holes and sinking. To protect your driveway, follow these care tips.
How to Maintain Your Asphalt Driveway During the Summer
1. Remove Pooling Water
Asphalt driveways are durable, but they are not invincible. Summer rainstorms can lead to standing water that seeps into the surface and subsurface. Over time, potholes, deformities, and sinking can develop. Brush away pooling water as soon as possible after a rainfall. Also, sealcoating the surface and promptly repairing any cracks can prevent water damage.
2. Don't Park in the Same Spot
A vehicle's tires produce significant heat. Repeatedly parking in the same spot in the driveway exposes the asphalt to this regular level of heat and causes it to soften, sink, and deform. Combined with the naturally warmer temperatures of summer, there is an additional level of heat generated—and additional stress on the asphalt. Switch up your parking routine during the summer to give the driveway surface a rest. Park on different areas, in the garage, or on the street to best maintain the asphalt.
3. Fill in Potholes
Existing potholes, even small ones, can grow in size because of the heat and moisture of the summer months. This is not only unsightly, but it can lead to vehicle damage or, worse, injury to those walking across the driveway. If you notice potholes, have them filled in as soon as possible; the longer you wait to address potholes, the more extensive the repairs are going to be.
Whether you need to repair potholes and cracks or sealcoat your driveway to prevent summertime damage, turn to Tates Creek Paving. They are a residential and commercial paving contractor serving the Lexington-Fayette County region of Kentucky. With more than three decades of experience, this locally owned and operated business performs asphalt driveway installation, pothole and water damage repair, and sealcoating. Visit their website to learn more about the asphalt professionals, and call (859) 255-2501 to request a free estimate.