How to Protect Asphalt Pavement

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A cracked asphalt driveway. Learn tips to help prolong the life of asphalt.

Cracked asphalt pavement

What are the enemies of an asphalt pavement?

  • Sunlight
  • Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures
  • Tree roots
  • Heavy vehicle traffic
  • Standing water

Do not let these potential hazards keep you from going with asphalt to pave your driveway or parking lot. Unlike concrete, asphalt does not flake and it rarely cracks under pressure. Even if you find a crack, all you have to do is seal the crack. Frozen precipitation melts at a much quicker pace when it is covering asphalt. In addition, asphalt does not decay when it is exposed to salt.

With proper and regularly scheduled maintenance, you can enjoy a smooth asphalt driveway for more than 20 years.

Seal the Deal

You should not have to seal a new asphalt driveway until around two years after installing it. Seal coating an asphalt pavement preserves the structural integrity of the pavement, as well as keeps it looking in mint conditions for years after the installation project. Seal coating can be a do it yourself home improvement project, but to ensure the flawless completion of the project, you should consider contracting the project to a licensed and bonded professionals.

If you do it yourself, you first have to clean and power wash the asphalt pavement to remove debris and other types of impurities. This is especially important for removing oil and transmission fluid stains.  A commercial cleaner and a thorough scrubbing should remove the unsightly stains. All the asphalt pavement to dry and after a few hours, the pavement is ready for seal coating.

Fill Cracks Immediately

What you put off until tomorrow for something you should do today is an appropriate way to describe asphalt cracks. A few small cracks in an asphalt pavement does not appear to be a big deal. That is, until the cracks begin to get larger and eventually, become large enough for form gaping spaces within the pavement. You can find asphalt pavement crack filling materials at any home improvement store. Just make sure to act with a sense of urgency when you detect one or more cracks in your asphalt driveway.

When Holes Appear

Sometimes, even the most observant homeowner or small business operator will not detect asphalt pavement cracks, especially the barely discernible lines that form along the edges of an asphalt driveway. When one or more holes appear on your asphalt driveway, you need to patch the holes immediately do avoid the costly repair job required when a section or two of the pavement crumbles away. Clear the holes of debris that includes natural materials such as sticks and leaves. Your local home improvement retailer professional can help you buy the right material and the proper equipment to rent for completing the pavement hole filling project.

Here are a few other easy to do asphalt pavement protection tips:

  • Wait at least three days before allowing vehicles to drive over repaired asphalt
  • On sweltering hot days, use a hose to run cool water over asphalt to harden the surface of the pavement
  • Remove the water left behind in puddles to prevent the slow erosion of asphalt
  • Try not to park in the same spot every day on an asphalt driveway

Adhering to a consistent asphalt pavement maintenance plan should prevent costly repair work that can run into the thousands of dollars. For more information about learning how to protect asphalt pavement, contact one of our asphalt specialists by phone or through our website Contact form.

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