Asphalt is a strong, flexible, and long-lasting pavement that costs you less than a concrete pad does but it can provide you years of service. Be sure you know the recommendations of care for your asphalt to avoid cracking, softening, and potholes. Here are some recommendations to help you keep your asphalt driveway looking great and lasting for many years.
1. Manage New Asphalt
When you have hired a new pavement driveway installation on your property and yard, you should follow all the recommended steps in order to keep it from getting damaged. Your asphalt contractor will advise you to keep off its surface for at least 24 hours after it is installed. This means foot traffic and especially your vehicles. Don't park or drive your vehicles over the surface of the asphalt while it is still fresh because this can put divots onto the surface of your asphalt, which will lead to damage later on down the line.
If the weather in your area is hot with high summer temperatures, you should plan to stay off the surface of your asphalt for longer than one day. The heat of the sun will keep the asphalt soft for a longer period of time and you should wait at least two days until you use your pavement. But after that, you can use your pavement as normal and just keep it cleaned of vehicle fluids and other staining materials.
2. Clean Its Surface
To clean your asphalt driveway of vehicle fluids you need to keep a diligent watch for stains and handle them as soon as possible. Asphalt is a petroleum-based material and when it combines with fluids that are also petroleum-based products, such as oil, grease, gasoline, and brake fluid, it breaks down the binders in the asphalt's structure and can cause it to soften and unravel. This can lead to unsightly pitting and holes in the surface of your driveway.
Use an asphalt cleaning solution from a local home improvement retailer, or you can also use liquid dish soap that fights grease. Be sure to scrub the stain from the pavement then spray it from the entire surface with your garden hose.
3. Handle Sunken Spots
Sunken spots in your asphalt driveway not only collect water after a rainstorm but they will eventually lead to your asphalt's damage and eventual ruin if you don't take care of them. Because sunken spots collect water, the water eventually works its way into the pavement and leads to potholes, especially when the temperature dips below freezing at night. Clear the water out of these potholes and have them filled with an asphalt surface treatment to level the area and prevent the puddling.
For more assistance, contact companies like Arrow Blacktop & Masonry Inc.Share
24 August 2020
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