The condition of your asphalt driveway is important, as it can affect the appearance and value of your home. Maintaining your asphalt is also important to ensure your vehicles have a solid paved surface to park and drive upon. Here are two tips to follow to help make sure your asphalt driveway is kept strong and well-maintained.
Ensure Asphalt Edges Are Supported
After your asphalt's paved surface has been installed, it is important to make sure the edges will be protected against cracking and collapsing from the weight of a vehicle. The edges of your asphalt should be tapered and compacted to create a 45-degree angle so the asphalt slopes off into the landscaping surrounding the pavement. If the asphalt is poured and the edges are left jagged and crumbly, they will continue to deteriorate and cause further damage to the surface of your pavement.
After the edges of your asphalt have been angled at a 45-degree angle, it is recommended to cover them with a layer of soil, gravel, paving stones, or other similar material. Covering the sloped edges of your asphalt with a layer of landscaping materials eliminates the steep slope of your asphalt's edges and makes the transition level, which helps prevent vehicles from breaking the edges off of the asphalt if they accidentally drive off the side of the asphalt.
Apply a Protective Sealcoating
Protecting your asphalt with an application of sealcoat is an important part of maintaining your asphalt's overall condition. This type of treatment should be used to restore the surface of your asphalt after the sun, weather, and traffic have begun to dry out and damage the surface. The sealcoating application is a tar emulsion that is poured and smoothed over the surface of your asphalt. This adds a protective, waterproof barrier to your asphalt and adds moisture back into its dried-out and oxidized surface, which stops the formation of cracks and potholes.
You can hire a professional asphalt company to apply the sealcoat, which will need to have time to dry and set before you can drive on it again. You can also choose to pour your own sealcoating application. You will need to remove any vegetation from cracks within the asphalt and sweep dust and debris from its surface. Be sure you wear appropriate protective clothing and footwear and to use a sealcoating squeegee to smooth the treatment over the surface of your asphalt.
Professionals recommend that you re-coat your asphalt with sealcoating every few years, but this application timing can depend on the weather conditions in your area. Keep an eye on your asphalt's condition to determine when it will need a new sealcoating. Click here for additional reading.