How to Protect an Asphalt Driveway
An asphalt driveway offers a durable and attractive choice for providing access to a home or business. It is a long-term investment that requires proper care and maintenance in order to maximize its useful life and protect it from the elements. While asphalt is a strong, resilient material, it is not indestructible. Over time it can become cracked, pitted, and otherwise damaged due to wear and tear, extreme temperatures, and other environmental factors. Driveways West Jordan specializes in designing and installing durable and attractive driveways for homes and businesses in the West Jordan area. Fortunately, there are several measures homeowners and businesses can take to ensure that their asphalt driveway remains in top condition and protects their investment. In this guide, we will provide an overview of the steps required to protect an asphalt driveway and ensure that it remains in great condition.
1. Regularly clean the driveway
One of the most important ways to protect an asphalt driveway is to regularly clean it. To do this, you’ll need a power washer or a garden hose with a spray nozzle attachment. Start by removing any debris from the driveway, such as leaves, sticks, and rocks, then spray the entire surface with a hose or power washer. This will get rid of any built-up dirt and grime. For tough spots, you may need to use a pressure washer or a cleaning solution specifically designed for asphalt. After cleaning the driveway, be sure to rinse it off thoroughly with a garden hose.
2. Fill in any cracks
The next step in protecting an asphalt driveway is to fill in any cracks. Cracks in asphalt can be caused by tree roots, traffic, weather, and time. To fill in the cracks, you’ll need asphalt patching material and a squeegee or trowel. Start by filling the crack with the patching material and then smooth it out with the squeegee or trowel. Make sure that the patching material is even with the surrounding asphalt before you move on to the next crack. Once all of the cracks have been filled, you’ll have a seamless and protected asphalt driveway.
3. Seal the driveway every 3-5 years
Sealing a driveway is one of the most important maintenance steps to keep an asphalt driveway in top shape. This process helps to protect the driveway from the elements and keep the asphalt from cracking, fading, or crumbling. It should be done every 3-5 years for optimal protection. To seal a driveway, you’ll need a bucket of asphalt sealer, a roller, and a brush. Begin by cleaning the driveway of any debris and filling in any cracks. Then, spread the sealer evenly over the entire surface of the driveway using the roller and brush. Finally, let the sealer dry overnight before you drive on it.
4. Avoid using too much salt and other harsh chemicals
One of the best ways to protect your asphalt driveway from damage is to avoid using too much salt and other harsh chemicals. Salt and other chemicals can corrode the asphalt, causing it to weaken and deteriorate over time. Instead, use sand or other materials to provide traction in icy or snowy conditions. If you do need to use salt or other chemicals for de-icing, make sure to only use a light application. Too much can cause significant damage to your asphalt.
5. Repair any potholes and bumps quickly
Potholes and bumps can quickly form in your asphalt driveway and can cause damage if left unchecked. To protect your driveway, you should inspect it regularly for these signs of wear and tear. If you spot any potholes or bumps, you should take care of them as soon as possible. You can purchase asphalt repair kits from your local hardware store or use cold-patch material to fill in the potholes and bumps. Make sure to smooth the surface of the driveway after you have filled the potholes and bumps to ensure a smooth finish.
Taking the time to protect your asphalt driveway is a worthwhile investment. Regular maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs down the line, and it’s easy to perform. Leilani Concrete & Landscape offers a wide range of driveway design and installation options, including stamped concrete, pavers, and asphalt, to suit the needs and budgets of homeowners in the West Jordan area. Sealcoating your driveway every few years, removing oil and gas spills quickly, and filling any cracks can all help keep your driveway in good condition for years to come.