Summer is a time to maintain your asphalt driveway and protect it from the elements. Everything from plant life to weather can cause your driveway to deteriorate over time. The following tips will help you maintain your driveway this summer, so you can prolong its service life and get the most for your money.
Weeds have a way of coming up in between cracks and near the edges of the driveway. Over time, weeds can widen cracks and cause the edges of your driveway to deteriorate. Pull up all weeds when they're small and throw them in the trash. Don't leave dead weeds laying along the driveway, as this can spread seeds for new weeds, making your weed problem worse in the future.
Fill in Cracks
Cracks allow moisture to penetrate your asphalt. Over time, this moisture can destabilize the soil beneath the driveway, leading to more cracks and the development of potholes. To prevent this from happening, fill the cracks with asphalt crack filler. Asphalt crack filler comes in different types for cracks of different widths. Purchase the right type of filler for the size of the cracks in your driveway.
Before installing crack filler, clean out the cracks by removing rubble and dirt. Next, pace a bead of crack filler inside each crack. Finally use a squeegee to smooth the crack filler and leave a thin layer on the cracks.
Inspect After Rainfall
Take a look at your asphalt driveway after a rainfall. If the water is beading up and being absorbed into the driveway without rolling off, this is a sign that your driveway needs to be protected from rain with sealcoat from companies like Gopher State Sealcoat.
Sealcoat if Necessary
If you determine that it's time to sealcoat your driveway, you can either apply a layer of sealcoat yourself, or have your driveway professionally sealcoated. If you decide to sealcoat your driveway yourself, follow the procedure below:
- Sweep all dirt off the driveway.
- Wash off the driveway with a strong jet of water from a hose.
- Clean out the cracks.
- Fill the cracks with asphalt crack filler.
- Allow the crack filler to cure.
- Pour sealcoat on the driveway.
- Spread the sealcoat around on the driveway with a squeegee.
- Allow the sealcoat to dry.
Sealcoat helps close the pores of the asphalt and prevents rainwater from being absorbed into the asphalt. If you decide not to sealcoat the driveway yourself, it's a good idea to have your driveway sealcoated by a professional. For more information about getting your driveway professionally sealcoated, talk to an asphalt contractor.