If you are building a custom home and have installed a long asphalt driveway, then there are steps you should take to ensure that it lasts for a very long time. Asphalt driveways that are properly maintained have a lifespan of well over a decade before they need professional repairs or replacement.
To keep your new home's asphalt driveway in great condition and looking good for years to come, do each of these things:
Inspect Your Asphalt Every Season
The most important thing you can do to protect your investment in your driveway is to walk around it each season and look carefully for any problems. While inspecting your driveway, look for:
If you find any grease or oil stains on your driveway, then they should be removed using an asphalt degreaser. Cracks in the asphalt should be sealed using a sealing compound that you can purchase at your local home improvement center. Finally, depressions in the surface of the asphalt or biological growth such as moss signal that your asphalt has an underlying issue that needs to be looked at by a professional asphalt contractor.
Keep Your Driveway Clean of Contaminants
There are many contaminants that will cause your asphalt driveway to become damaged or to degrade prematurely. When you see rocks or other debris sitting on the asphalt you should sweep it off. Repetitive driving over rocks and dirt on the surface of the driveway will cause pitting in the asphalt that will lead to future cracks and potholes.
In addition to rocks, standing water on your driveway will cause early degradation of the asphalt. You can't stop the rains, but you should take steps to keep your landscaping sprinklers from spraying the asphalt. And, if you see standing water for days after a storm, then you need to have an asphalt contractor come inspect and fix the underlying problem causing the lack of drainage.
Regularly Seal Coat Your Asphalt Driveway
Finally, one year after your driveway was installed, it should be professionally seal coated. The seal coating layer protects your new asphalt from the sun's harmful rays and will keep things like motor oil and water from seeping into the driveway and degrading the asphalt. This simple and relatively inexpensive procedure is vital for extending the longevity of your new custom home's driveway and keeping it looking great for many years into the future.
For more information or assistance, contact companies like Virginia Asphalt Services Inc.