The condition of your asphalt driveway depends on the type of weather your area experiences, the quality of its initial installation, and how well it is maintained over its lifetime. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to make sure your asphalt receives the repairs and treatments it will need to keep it a long-lasting and great-looking pavement. Here are some repair and maintenance recommendations you can arrange to have applied onto your asphalt driveway to keep its condition protected and long-lasting.
Arrange For Regular Season Repairs
When the seasons in your area fluctuate from hot in the summer to freezing in the winter, you will likely experience cracking damage to your asphalt. When freeze-thaw patterns occur in winter, the asphalt's surface will begin to break down over time. Therefore, each spring and often periodically in the winter you should inspect the asphalt for any damage and make the necessary repairs.
Often, filling small cracks with a patching compound during the winter or in the early spring will catch the cracking damage early enough that it will prevent future deterioration of the asphalt. And it is crack deterioration that is left to continue on your asphalt that leads to your asphalt failing prematurely and requiring a resurface or replacement. So, be sure to keep up on your asphalt's condition by applying your own cold patch filler or emulsion crack filler or hiring your local asphalt team to repair the damage with hot mix asphalt and tar emulsion.
Fix Underlying Problems
There may come a time when your asphalt shows signs of damage that are due to an underlying or foundation problem. When the foundation base materials of your asphalt, whether they are gravel, sand, or compacted well-draining soil, have begun to shift or erode, the surface of the asphalt will form pattern cracks over a large area of the pavement. This problem can also lead to sunken spots in your pavement and areas that form potholes and more serious damage. If you simply patch over the sunken and damaged surface material, the underlying problem is still there and it will continue to degrade your asphalt's surface, even if you apply a new layer over top.
To properly repair your asphalt, you will need to remove the surface damage and assess the condition of the foundation and make the needed repairs. To repair the base materials, you may need to excavate them and replace them with a solid layer of compacted gravel, which will provide the asphalt with adequate drainage and prevent moisture erosion and future sinking. Your asphalt professional can help you with this project to ensure it is handled appropriately.
To learn more, contact a local asphalt repair service.Share
15 January 2021
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