Maintaining Your Asphalt Driveway

Homeowners are often very careful about the look of the outside of their home, yet they may overlook one critical component: their driveway. Your driveway is a border to your home which can make or break its overall appearance. If it is neglected, it can make even a beautiful home look in disarray.

Benefits Of Asphalt

maintenance of a asphalt drivewayAsphalt is more commonly used than concrete in areas which experience colder climates. The reason is that asphalt can better endure the freezing and thawing of the winter season. Its dark colour also retains heat in the winter, helping to melt surface snow.
Asphalt driveways can be installed in a couple of days in a new home, once the sub-grade on the ground underneath them has been prepared. They can also be used a day or so after installation, making them a desirable material for urban households.

Regular Maintenance Needed

Although asphalt is created to be durable for hot and cold weather, it still needs to be regularly maintained to retain its beauty. The surface can be marred by many ordinary things used around the home, such as the tires of an auto or tractor, or the blade of a snow plow or other household equipment. Staining can result from engine oil.

Over time, the assaults of weather can fade and wear the black top, introducing cracks and pits on its surface. If the cracks are deep enough, weeds may find a way to peek through the surface. An uneven surface caused by pitting and cracking can be a safety hazard for walking if allowed to go unchecked. It can also cause water to puddle on the surface when it rains.

Optimally, a new asphalt driveway should be properly sealed within a year of its installation, and re-sealed every three to five years after that. With proper maintenance, the surface can last 20 to 30 years or longer.

Resealing It Yourself Or Hiring A Contractor

Home owners usually opt to reseal their driveway at first, to save money. Resealing your driveway is not a complicated job, but it can be messy. Plan to wear old clothes that you don’t mind discarding after use, and make sure that you have all the equipment needed before you begin.

You should also expect that your results will not look as professional if you decide to do it yourself, and may take longer than you expect.

asphalt paving in process

Asphalt paving in process

Hiring contractors to do the work is just an easier option, and considering the amount of work you will save yourself, it doesn’t cost that much more. A hired contractor will choose the right dry, warm day to re-pave your driveway, and will be able to estimate exactly how much and what type of sealer will do the best concrete floors. Having the use of the correct tools, he will be able to resurface with a thick coating that will look smooth and polished. He can also do the task in record time so that you can use your driveway again in a day or so.

An asphalt road looks beautiful when it is first installed, but when it begins to show signs of disrepair, it should be resealed, both for its aesthetics and its longevity.