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How Do You Best Take Care Of Your Newly Made Asphalt Driveway

So your new asphalt driveway is in place and you have no knowledge about how to care for it. Asphalt driveway problems can be kept at bay by taking care of a few things.

To avoid faster asphalt deterioration, take a look at the following ideas:

The First 14 Days

The first two weeks of your new driveway are the most critical. This is when your driveway is most vulnerable. Do not drive on it for 3-5 days after it is has been done. You should wait up to 14 days before parking on your new driveway. And when you start parking, only park on it during a cool part of the day; preferably early morning or evening.

The Next 100 Days

Asphalt is oil based and hence takes a while to cure, especially during the summer heat. Special precautions must be taken during this period and during the entire first season with your new driveway. During these 100 days, do not park your car on the asphalt on the hottest part of the day and avoid turning your steering wheel when your car has been parked. Never allow heavy trucks such as garbage trucks (and of the sort) on your driveway during these 100 days. If your driveway is installed in the fall, curing will stop when the weather turns cold, then will resume in the spring.

Once the total 114 day period is done, to ensure the long life and durability of the driveway, take care of the following things.

Prevent Oil And Gasoline Spills

As mentioned earlier, asphalt is an oil-based material. Gasoline and oil spills can dissolve the surface of the driveway and cause asphalt deterioration. Avoid spilling or leaking these materials on your driveway. Even if there is a spill or leak by accident, clean it up by using absorbent materials so that the damage is minimized.

Protect Driveway Edges

Avoid driving on your driveway since they are bound to crack and crumble over time. Edges are the weakest part of your driveway since they lack side support. Build up the soil near the sides of your driveway with topsoil to approximately one inch from the top of the driveway. This allows room for sod growth and water drainage, and will also support the edges and enhance the appearance after the grass is grown.

Prevent Weed And Grass Growth Through Cracks

Sometimes, large plants or trees located near the edge of the driveway will push through. Vegetation like weeds and grass are able to push through asphalt. At times, you can kill these plants on the spot but at times you may have to uproot the whole thing for a long-term solution.

Avoid going for ‘crack filling’ or ‘seal coating’. Fixing the root cause of the problem is a better approach than band-aid fixes like patching over top. Fixing the base course and replacing failed asphalt would be the way to go. Consult professionals like Blacktop Paving if you need any help with your asphalt driveway problems.

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Should You Patch, Resurface Or Replace Your Road

When your driveway starts to show signs of wear and tear you think about patching it up and just fixing the issues that are visible on the surface. But, band-aid fixes aren’t going to make your problems go away.

To elaborate on that, if the problems are really minor, only then will patching work. If you try to fix huge cracks in your driveway without thinking about what the root cause of the problem is, it will only frustrate you, because new issues will

arise as soon as you’ve eliminated the old ones. Unless you’re on a tight budget and replacing the entire driveway is getting costly, we would suggest you replace your driveway.

So how do you tell that you need to replace your driveway? Here are the tell-tale signs.

Large Cracks

The most obvious way to tell that your asphalt needs to be replaced is that it has numerous large cracks. Patching or repairing such damage only delays the inevitable and means you have to address the same problem later—perhaps even in the same year.

Sinking And Misalignment

Misaligned or sinking slabs can cause costly damages to your car or truck. If the slabs of your driveway are sinking and becoming misaligned, you should replace them immediately, or the problem will only worsen.

Crumbling And Pitting

Patching up the holes in your driveway costs you and leaves the problem temporarily solved only for the problem to resurface in a short span of time. If the concrete is crumbling or pitting, it means your driveway has seen its last days and should be replaced with a new pour.

Driveway Hasn’t Been Resealed Regularly

Asphalt driveways need to be resealed regularly every 2-3 years to prevent cracking and breaking around the edges. While sealants are relatively affordable, many homeowners are short on time and forget about doing the required maintenance. If yours has been neglected over the years, the cracks and breakage could be extensive and the whole driveway might need replacement.

Poor Condition Of Base Under Driveway

For example, in areas with clay soil, your driveway is prone to shifting and moving. If you know what kind of base is under your driveway, take that into consideration. In areas where soil is particularly unstable, a geo-textile fabric may need to be put in place. These materials are durable and strong, providing a better base for the asphalt that will be laid over the top.

Age Of The Driveway

The older your driveway is, the lesser basic repairs will help. Asphalt and concrete become more prone to cracking as they age, so if yours is nearing the end of the average lifespan, it’s time to consider replacing it. In the end, the extra effort spent in upkeep isn’t worth it.

If your driveway is exhibiting some of the above signs, you should replace your driveway which will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Always consult a professional when it comes to matters of driveway repair and if you need to get any work done.