Asphalt Driveway: How to Protect the Structure from Accelerated Damage

The quality of construction will determine the performance and durability of your new asphalt driveway. Therefore, if you are interested in this type of structure, you should consult a qualified concrete contractor for professional work. However, you should note that the decisions made after the construction process is completed could also influence the stability of the driveway. If proper upkeep is not upheld, the structure could deteriorate fast. Here are some essential tips to help you ensure that your asphalt driveway remains in a good state.

Consider Sealing

Sealing the asphalt will ensure that the integrity of the core structure of your driveway is maintained for longer. The protective layer will limit the penetration of moisture and reduce the risk of cracking. This process is of particular importance if your property is located in an area prone to heavy rainfall or snowfall. It is advisable to have the driveway sealed by your contractor after the asphalt cures. Professional application will promote better results. You can reseal the driveway periodically to ensure continued protection and restore its appearance.

Repair All Cracks  

Proper construction and sealing will minimise the occurrence of cracking. However, the driveway might still get some fissures due to mechanical stress or other factors. When cracks occur, you should plan on sealing them immediately to prevent enlargement. In general, you will only discover small cracks by inspecting the surface. Therefore, check the condition of the driveway while cleaning. Sealing cracks is a simple process which involves cleaning the crack and applying a suitable patching product. You can purchase crack fillers from local and online stores.

Manage Pooling

You should check for pooled water on your driveway after rainfall and while cleaning the surface. Water stagnation can cause a lot of damage to the structure. When water stands for a long period, it will eventually seep into the core of the construction material. Then, there the asphalt will crack. If this problem is ignored, the minor cracks will expand as the water inside freezes and thaws. Consequently, a larger pothole will appear. Therefore, it is important to look for depressions in which water could accumulate. These should be filled or otherwise repaired to create a flat surface, ensuring prolonged durability.

Finally, you should manage the exposure of your asphalt driveway to harmful chemicals such as those in de-icing salts. If you must use de-icing compounds, avoid corrosive products like rock salt, which can degrade the asphalt surface.

To learn more about asphalt driveways, contact a paving contractor.

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