If you have installed a beautiful asphalt driveway on your property, you might not think you need to do anything else to keep it in good condition. However, if you don't properly maintain your driveway, over time it may start to appear faded and unattractive. To make sure your driveway stands the test of time, use the following suggestions to keep it looking good.
1. Keep It Clean
One way to protect your driveway is to make sure you keep it clean. Not only do leaves and other debris look unsightly, but moisture and staining can take place that can lead to damage over time. Sweep the driveway regularly and pick up any litter or garbage as soon as you see it.
It's also a good idea to clean up oil and other liquid spills right away. Simply use baking soda to absorb the liquid and then wash it away with water from a garden hose.
2. Clean Small Cracks as Soon as Possible
When you see small cracks in your driveway, you may think it is okay to ignore them. However, doing this might make them worse. Water can travel into the cracks and affect the soil underneath the driveway, in some cases causing the soil to shift. Over time, that will lead to deeper cracking in the driveway itself.
To avoid this, seek out crack filler at any home improvement store and fill small cracks as soon as you can. For larger cracks, you may need the help of a paving contractor.
3. Avoid Parking in the Same Spot
If you park your car on your driveway each night, it may seem natural to park in the same spot. However, as the years go on, parking in the same spot can lead to undue pressure on one area of your driveway, causing it to wear out first. Instead, make an attempt to park in a slightly different place every day.
4. Seal Coat Your Driveway
Seal coating is a process that fills surface cracks and protects your asphalt driveway from spills, debris and the elements. You can usually tell if a driveway has had this process done because the driveway looks rich and black instead of gray and faded. Seal coating must be done every year or every other year to ensure that the coating continues to protect your driveway effectively.
Now that you know some of the things you can do to properly maintain the appearance of your asphalt driveway, use the tips laid out in this article to give you direction. You can also consult a local paving contractor for more advice about what you can do to preserve your driveway.
To learn more, contact a company like LSC Construction Services, Inc.Share