Asphalt is the most often used material for paving roads, parking lots, and driveways due to its strength and durability. Asphalt pavement can be prone to deterioration for a variety of reasons, especially when it is not maintained. Temperature, harsh weather, an inefficient drainage system, and excessive traffic all contribute to cracks and potholes, which eventually degrade the surface. While asphalt paving is recognized for withstanding high temperatures and heavy loads, incorrect care may shorten its lifespan. As a result, regular asphalt pavement maintenance is essential in order to realize the benefits of its long-lasting nature.
Installation Aftercare for longevity
If you have professionals lay fresh asphalt pavement there are some early asphalt care that may ensure the longevity of the surface. Directly after asphalt is paved you will need to refrain from parking on the surface for a few days. Do not let anything heavy be placed on top of it. The soft condition of fresh asphalt means placing anything with substantial weight could potentially leave a lasting impression on your asphalt pavement. In the case that the weather is hotter, you may even want to consider waiting longer to let it fully cure as warm weather makes asphalt soft. As the asphalt pavement fully cures there are still some aftercare tips you can implement for a lasting and appealing surface. Since the softness of asphalt paving presents a challenge when it comes to impressions on your driveway, there are some ways to avoid leaving lasting impressions. One way is to not park in the same place each day if possible and you should avoid leaving heavy objects on your new asphalt for prolonged periods such as ATVs, boats, and RVs. In the case you need to put these vehicles on your pavement you can place them on top of a piece of plywood to better distribute the weight.
Nothing surpasses the advantages of doing frequent inspections. While asphalt can withstand high traffic and constant use, it deteriorates rapidly if not properly maintained. To avoid such scenarios, you should arrange routine inspections. Although you have little control over the flow of traffic or activity in your parking lot or driveway, you can always conduct frequent inspections to guarantee timely detection and repair of any surface issues.
Remove any debris and substances
Some substances, such as gasoline, oil, and transmission fluid, can cause asphalt to degrade. If any of these spills occur on your driveway, you should clean them up immediately to avoid any lasting damage. Sweeping your driveway on a regular basis to keep seeds and grass clippings from becoming stuck in small crevices is ideal. In contrast, if they are not cleaned, these might encourage the growth of weeds and grass in your driveway. This detracts from the appearance of your property and may lead to asphalt damage.
During the winter months it is recommended to remove snow as soon as possible. Snow and ice accumulation on your asphalt can cause damage such as potholes or fissures. Shoveling snow is both easier and less expensive than repairing asphalt damage. Furthermore, keep in mind that some deicing solutions may cause asphalt surface damage. Consider using less corrosive rock salt or potassium chloride when preventing ice buildup.
Along with removing debris and substances, you could utilize power washing services that can both get rid of unwanted dirt and keep the surface looking its best. Power washing during the changing season can remove any residue that is left behind from regular use. The use of dish soap and water mixture to give your pavement a rinse can keep it looking new.
Fill cracks immediately
With the weather in Canada cracks and potholes are inevitable in any type of parking lot or driveway. It is not advisable to fill cracks or potholes with store-bought sealers, concrete or putty because these substances will only provide a minor fix that may not even last. Professional contractors can properly repair most cracks and holes. In the case that holes and cracks that are ignored for months will only grow, this is especially the case during the winter months. With water filling the cracks and holes and experiencing freezing temperatures the space expands, when spring arrives the cracks and holes are now bigger. At a certain point, they may become deep and wide enough that resurfacing may be needed. With regular inspection and prompt maintenance, costly restoration projects can be avoided.
Develop a drainage strategy
Standing water is hazardous to the structural integrity of your asphalt pavement. Water left on your pavement, whether from rain, melting snow, or gardening operations may cause damage. As a result, it is critical to have a system in place that allows water to drain away from your driveway or parking lot. Before the installation is finished, consult with your paving specialist. They will be able to work with your property’s terrain to establish a drainage path that will keep your asphalt paving safe. One way to ensure proper drainage is to slope the driveway in a way that the water will lead to the street rather than stay stagnant or flow towards the property. Another drainage strategy is to install drains into the ground if the desired slope cannot be created. Drains can be installed between the end of the driveway and the garage to avoid water infiltration. For parking lots, a catch basin or storm drain can be utilized to redirect water and control runoff from heavy rains.
Protect the edge of your paving
The edge of your new asphalt driveway is the most vulnerable. Its function is to hold the asphalt together. You’ll need to pay special attention to the pavement’s edges. Vehicles and large items should be kept away from the edge. Another way to avoid damaging the edges of your asphalt pavement is to avoid driving over the edge or parking your vehicle too close to the edge. If one of the edges becomes damaged, contact a paving specialist to have it repaired.
Sealcoating is a great way to extend the life of asphalt pavement by sealing cracks and preventing moisture entering into the underlying layers. Sealcoating provided an extra layer or membrane on top of your existing surface. The new layer acts as a shield that prevents the surface from experiencing damage from the elements as well as any fuel spillages that may happen. Sealcoating not only protects your surface but also brings a fresh dark color to the asphalt creating a fresh and new look to the surface. Sealcoating makes the asphalt pavement easier to clean and maintain because of the smooth and even texture that comes from sealcoating.
Maintaining the strength, durability, and appearance of your new asphalt paving is critical to preserving the curb appeal of your property. Regular asphalt pavement maintenance also ensures that you get the most out of your surface. Using the mentioned tips, maintaining an appealing surface while also offering a dependable driveway for your property.