Taking care of your asphalt driveway is an important part of ensuring its longevity, performance, and appearance and in helping to improve the look of your home. Every day, your asphalt driveway becomes battered by traffic, weather, and the sun. Here are some recommendations to help you take care of and maintain your asphalt driveway's surface despite these effects.
Clean Off Vehicle Fluids
When you use your asphalt driveway for vehicles, it is very likely going to be subjected to an occasional vehicle fluid leak. Fluids from your vehicle, especially oils, can break down the asphalt's emulsion, which holds the asphalt aggregate together, and will cause the asphalt to break apart. Over time, if fluid spills are not cleaned and removed, they can cause your asphalt to become pitted and to deteriorate, leaving a crater in the surface.
Inspect your asphalt driveway often to look for any vehicle leaks, and clean them up immediately. Use an asphalt cleaning solution, which you can find at most home improvement stores, along with water and a scrub brush to remove the fluids from its surface. You can also use a liquid degreaser dish soap with warm water and a scrub brush. Rinse the area thoroughly with your garden hose or a pressure washer when the fluid is cleaned up.
Apply Seal Coat
After several years, your asphalt driveway's surface will become oxidized by the sun and weather and will begin to look lighter in color. This occurs when the asphalt's black emulsion dries out and loses its flexibility. Ultimately, this will lead to cracking and pothole formation in your asphalt's surface. Applying a protective seal coat treatment can restore your asphalt's black color, moisture, and flexibility.
The frequency with which you need to apply a seal coat to your asphalt depends on the weather and climate of your area. If you live in a climate that has extreme temperatures from winter to summer, such as freeze-thaw winter cycles and excessive heat in the summer, it can cause additional wear on your asphalt's surface.
Watch the condition of your asphalt to determine when it will need a seal coat application. You can determine this by the appearance of small cracks in the asphalt and lightening of its color. Experts recommend, as a general rule, to apply a seal coat every three to five years. You can hire an asphalt maintenance professional asphalt company to pour and seal your asphalt with seal coating, or you can do the work yourself.
Use these tips to help you keep your asphalt driveway in the best condition possible.