Your asphalt driveway should give you many years of service, but it will last longer and look nicer if you take good care of it. Here are a few tips to help you keep your driveway in good shape with the help of a paving contractor and some DIY tips.
Protect The Surface When You Work On Your Car
If you like to change your oil or do other mechanical work on your car while it's in the driveway, be sure to protect the surface of the asphalt. Gas and petroleum products can stain or damage asphalt. Oil stains can be difficult to remove and they may persist until you have the driveway repaved. You can avoid this problem by putting down a plastic sheet before you start work on your car.
Keep The Driveway Edged
Your lawn and driveway look nicer when you keep the driveway edged so weeds and grass are kept under control. Edging also keeps weeds from burrowing under or into the sides of the asphalt. You might even want to put a border around your driveway to keep your lawn well away from the driveway. Also, if your driveway develops cracks or potholes and weeds grow in them before you can repair the asphalt, then it's a good idea to remove the weeds by pulling them out or using a weed killer. Be careful about using a spade or hoe on the surface of the driveway or you may damage it.
Fill In Cracks And Holes While They Are Small
It is normal for asphalt to develop cracks as it ages and they can lead to further damage if you don't repair them. The main concern is that water can leak through the cracks and cause erosion and expansion of the damage. You can fill in cracks yourself with asphalt crack filler. Just clean out the cracks first and follow the directions on the label of the product. However, if you don't want to repair your driveway or if you are unable to do it yourself, then consider hiring a paving company every year or so to repair the damage so your driveway stays in good shape. This can be cone along with applying a seal coating for a full service of the driveway.
Maintain The Sealcoat
The sealcoat protects your driveway from UV rays and rain. It also keeps the color dark. You may need the coating applied every year depending on how much wear your driveway gets. A contractor can do the work quickly and check on the overall condition of your driveway at the same time.
These steps help your driveway have a long life. However, the asphalt may show signs of extreme wear when it gets older. When your driveway starts to crumble or develop problems with large cracks, you may want to have it resurfaced with another layer of hot asphalt to extend its life a few more years rather than replace it before it's necessary.