Once a driveway has been properly laid down by professionals, it’s up to the homeowner to educate themselves on how to care for it, and help it last as long as possible. Although asphalt can be incredibly tough, it also needs a little help and for you to play your part in taking care of it in the long term.
Let’s take a look at 5 ways you can use asphalt driveway maintenance Vancouver to get the most out of your driveway.
Let it Harden Properly
As with most things in life, patience is a virtue. Allowing asphalt to harden properly is essential to ending up with a driveway that will last for decades to come. During the summer, you should give it about 2-3 days to fully harden, while during spring, 1-2 days is adequate.
If you don’t give it enough time to harden, driving over it or walking on it while it is soft can damage and weaken the asphalt.
Give it a Good Clean
Rocks, leaves, dirt and debris can pile and build up on the surface, eventually creating damage. When rocks, stones, gravel and other types of hard debris are driven over, they place weight on the pavement and cause tiny fractures and cracks that damage the asphalt and expand over time.
Give your driveway a good sweep a few times a week to keep it well maintained and lasting a long time!
Remove Stains, Spills & Chemicals
Petrochemicals can take a toll on your driveway, and should be cleaned right away. They can not only create ugly stains that get more and more difficult to remove the more time passes, but they also attack the integrity of the asphalt.
Heavy oil leaks can be cleaned by sprinkling a generous amount of clay-based kitty litter, and allowing it to soak up the oil overnight. Afterwards, simply sprinkle detergent, scrub, and hose away.
Sealcoating provides the finishing touch to any asphalt or concrete surface. It protects and shields asphalt from the elements, harsh weather conditions, dirt, debris, and the effects of oil or chemical spills.
Sealcoating should be done by a professional team like Richmond Blacktop every 3-5 years, so your driveway can last for decades to come.
Avoid Heavy Machinery
Avoiding heavy machinery, extremely heavy vehicles and taking extra care during the winter when parking your car with snow tires is another essential to long lasting driveways.
Fix Cracks & Holes
Any holes smaller than about 6mm can be fixed by any DIY homeowner, any cracks and holes larger than that need to be looked at by an industry professional to avoid further damage. Addressing damage early on while it is still minor and easy to fix will save you money in the long run.
Address Standing Water
Standing water on your driveway can be one of the first signs of a problem that must be addressed as quickly as possible. Pooling water in certain areas of your driveway means it is lacking a good base layer that allows it to deal with rain and snow, good drainage, and a good sealcoat. All of these elements aid in the long life of your driveway. Standing water after rain can cause erosion, and should be taken care of right away.
If you notice your driveway needing the expert hand of a professional, contact Richmond Blacktop. With asphalt driveway maintenance Vancouver, we can help you with anything from small crack repairs in your home’s driveway, to large sealcoating jobs at your company’s parking lot. Contact us to get a free estimate and get started!