Repair and Maintain Your Asphalt Driveway
Asphalt is a very durable material for making the parking lots and driveways. However, asphalt needs to be maintained from time to time so as to raise the strength of the driveway and increase the lifespan. Ignoring any issues will only lead to more headaches and expensive repair work.
What is Asphalt?
Asphalt is an aggregate of crushed stones or gravel that is also known as “blacktop.” A petroleum binder holds the aggregate together. The asphalt surface looks durable and impervious to the elements. However, it is vulnerable to temperature fluctuations and can deteriorate.
The asphalt surface can take a beating from the excessive traffic and extreme weather elements. The sun’s intense heat during the summer months can dry the asphalt surface and causes it to oxidize. The result is decoloring and development of cracks in the asphalt surface. Initially, those cracks may be minor or barely noticeable. However, if left unattended, they can develop into major cracks, and it can be difficult, item consuming and expensive to repair those. Water can seep in and weeds can grow through the crevices, thus widening them. The water can penetrate to the subbase and cause further harm. When winter arrives, the water in the cracks will freeze and expand, thru widening the cracks further.
Maintain Your Asphalt Driveway
It is very essential to start taking care of the asphalt surface from the very beginning. Always clean the surface and keep it free of any oil and grease spots or any debris. Make use of a good quality cleaner and degreaser to dissolve any dirt spots on the asphalt surface of your driveway. Apply an oil spot primer to enhance the adhesive strength of asphalt. Look for any developing cracks, and fill and repair them before they get any bigger. Apply an asphalt protector after doing the repair work or filling the cracks. What you will get is a smooth surface that prevents any water from seeping in. If you feel that the cracks are big enough hire a professional and make use of a high-performance rubberized crack filler, which is just perfect for repairing cracks and joints in the asphalt driveway.
The liquid crack filler is right for filling medium cracks while a resistoseal asphalt repair is used to repair potholes and large cracks. The protectors are made from coal tar pitch and will thus prevent the penetration of water in the asphalt. Cold asphalt repair mix is used to repair holes in the driveway. Just make sure to clean the cracks, holes and depressions properly before filling them. Thus, use the right tools to yank out all weeds and vegetation or use compressed air or a wire brush to remove loose debris. The materials used for Sealer, crack filler, and asphalt patch are easily available at most large hardware stores. Apply a sealer to the blacktop after filling the holes and cracks.
Edge the asphalt driveway to prevent any grass from growing over it. It is advised to sealcoat the surface of the driveway every few years.