How to Avoid Damaging Your Asphalt Driveway

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Approximately 18 billion tons of asphalt covers 94% of American roads.

Asphalt driveways are extremely popular in the U.S. as well. Wholly 90% of all parking areas in the country are surfaced with asphalt. There are a few things to look out for regarding your driveway and if any damages do occur, you should look to asphalt driveway repair services.

Damage Causes to Look Out For

Incorrect Installment
This is the most common cause of damage to driveways. Working with an inexperienced driveway-paving company can result in much more problems — both financially and physically — than you need. If the base of the driveway is not properly surfaced, it could damage the entire unit later on. It might look presentable after the first couple of days, but once everything settles, the damage and issues will really become evident.

Experienced asphalt companies will successfully build the base and then pack it extremely tight and accurately before pouring the asphalt atop the surface.

Don’t Have too Much Weight
The average width of a driveway that needs to have one car is around nine-feet and a two-car driveway is between 15- and 18-feet. Don’t try to overdue it with four or five cars parked on a driveway that can only support one or two. Even though the asphalt may seem indestructible, your driveway can still crack if enough pressure builds up. It’s recommended to stay well under 10,000 pounds for each driveway to avoid future cracks and damages.

Beware of the Underground
Tree roots can grow and intrude on driveways to damage them underneath the surface. They force pressure on uneven areas of the driveway and eventually cracks away at the foundation once enough root pressure occurs. You should keep in mind where your trees are located on your property before a driveway is paved. There are also tree root barrier systems that can be placed on the sides of driveways to prevent root intrusion.

Refrain from Using Salt
Ice covering a driveway is never good and can cause its own problems, but throwing down a lot of salt onto the driveway is not good for the surface at all. The freezing thaw cycles of winter damage asphalt driveways enough as it is, so adding salt is just making the situation worse. Salt speeds up the thawing process and allows snow and ice to get into the driveway, which then refreezes and causes cracks and damage.