Your driveway isn’t just a place to park your car or a passage between the road and your garage. It is a part of your home that adds aesthetic appeal and value to the property. One of the most common types of concrete paving is asphalt. It looks great, but it does need to be taken care of properly to ensure it lasts as long as possible. This is something that is true with everything – you maintain it, it is going to last.
When taken care of, a good asphalt driveway can last for decades. Standing water, the winter’s freeze-thaw cycle that Minnesota is known for, and weed growth are all things that threaten asphalt and weaken it over time. Eventually, all of this can cause the asphalt to break apart. Here are some ways you can ensure the longevity of your asphalt:
- Sealing – A good seal coat can protect an asphalt driveway from the elements and stop some of the cracks before they even start. It is recommended to seal coat an asphalt driveway at least once a year to protect it from the elements and the spring is the best time to do it. Spring is always the first opportunity to repair the damage that occurred in the winter.
- Get rid of standing water – Standing water can damage asphalt. Any parts of the asphalt driveway that sits lower than others can create “bowls” where the water collects. Standing water both looks bad and can cause the surface to crack, so it is good to do something about that water. If there is a lot of standing water, such as more than the amount that would be in a bird bath, then you need to call an asphalt driveway professional.
- Repair cracks – Even when you regularly seal coat and you rid the surface of standing water, the harsh weather conditions or any previous neglect is going to cause an asphalt driveway to have some cracks. If cracks are ignored, weed growth can occur, freezing water and rain will make cracks larger and deeper, and the asphalt is not going to look so great until these things are repaired. Taking care of the cracks as soon as possible is the key to making sure the driveway lasts as long as possible. Again, you can have a professional take care of this for you so it is done cleanly and in a way that will last.
- Fill holes – You have probably noticed that the streets in your neighborhood will form potholes, which means the same can occur to your asphalt driveway. Potholes usually show themselves in the spring. That is why there is a lot of patching happening throughout the Twin Cities in the spring. Pot holes can cause tire damage and twisted ankles in people who accidentally walk into one. If not taken care of, a pothole will only get larger.
So there you have some tips on maintaining your asphalt driveway so that it looks its best for many years to come.