Maintaining your asphalt driveway year after year will help to extend the life your your driveway, and will also give your home some added curb appeal. See below for tips on how to maintain your asphalt driveway.
Keep It Clean
Keep your driveway as clean as possible. No, you don't have to vacuum it, but pushing a broom across it after you've mowed to clean off grass clippings is a good idea. Grass clippings that accumulate on your driveway can lead to weeds or grass growing into small cracks of your asphalt over time. Use a broom or leaf blower to help get rid of clippings, leaves and other debris from your driveway.
Inspect It For Damage
Inspect your driveway often for cracks that may have occurred during cold months. With temperature changes, the ground can expand and contract, creating cracks in your driveway. If you notice cracks in your driveway, clean them out completely to get rid of all debris. Then use an asphalt crack sealant to fill in the cracks. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for correct application.
Seal Coat Yearly
Seal coating your driveway will help prevent fine cracks and prevent the edges of your driveway from cracking or breaking apart as easily. Seal coating should be done every year either in the spring or in the fall. Asphalt seal coating can be purchased at your local hardware store and is fairly simple to apply. Use a long handled squeegee to apply the seal coating to your driveway. Begin at the top of your driveway, pushing the seal coat into the grooves of the asphalt and working your way down to the bottom of the driveway. Be sure to wear old shoes and old clothing, as you will probably get some of the seal coating on yourself. Allow the seal coating to dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours before using your driveway. Place flags or rope across your driveway to prevent anyone from driving on your driveway until the seal is cured.
Extra Seal Coating Tips:
- Watch the weather before applying your seal coat. You want to be sure you don't have rain in the forecast.
- Clean oil and grease off of your driveway using mild soap before seal coating, as the oil and grease stains can seep through the seal coating.
- Tape off edges of your driveway to prevent the seal coating from getting on other surfaces such as sidewalks.
- Work in small sections to keep the seal coating evenly spread across the driveway and prevent ridges.
Maintaining your driveway will help extend the life of your driveway. Contact a local paving company, such as LSC Construction Services, Inc., to have your driveway professionally seal coated if you aren't too keen on doing it yourself.