Three Things That Can Damage Your Asphalt Driveway

Many people opt for asphalt driveways because they are affordable and relatively fast to install. If you are having a new asphalt driveway installed, or have recently had one installed, you will want to take precautionary measures to ensure you are not causing unnecessary damage to the driveway. Here are three things that can damage your asphalt driveway and how you can prevent them from leading to asphalt driveway damage. 

Tree Roots

One of the things that can cause damage to your asphalt driveway is tree roots that are growing underneath the surface. As your tree roots grow, they can reach under your asphalt driveway. This can cause the foundation of the driveway to shift. Ultimately, this can lead to your driveway becoming cracked, crumbled or disturbed. Prior to planting trees in your yard, learn how large the root system will be. Then select a tree with a root system that will not disturb your driveway space, your home's foundation or your pipes. 

Automobile Fluids

Another element that can cause damage to your asphalt driveway is automobile fluids. This includes oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and coolant. The fluids can break down your asphalt surface, leading to cracks or pot holes. Sealing your asphalt surface can help to reduce the likelihood of fluids soaking into the asphalt surface, but it cannot prevent it from happening altogether. If you know your car is leaking fluids, avoid parking your car in the driveway or place something over the surface to collect the fluid, such as an automobile drip pan. 

Chains or Studded Tires

The final item that can be damaging to your asphalt driveway is chain or studded tires. During the winter months, people may use chains or studded tires to help their tires better grip the road. This helps to decrease the chances of them sliding on an icy surface. However, the chains or studs in the tires can be damaging to asphalt. They can cause the asphalt surface to wear down faster, shortening the lifespan of your surface. If you live in an icy region, avoid parking your car on your asphalt surface if you have studded tires or chains in place, or opt for non-studded snow tires to help protect your asphalt driveway. 

Each of these three things can cause damage to your asphalt surface. This can lead to you needing asphalt repairs and/or to your driveway having a shorter lifespan. As such, it is important that you do all that you can to prevent these items from occurring, decreasing the risk of damage to your new asphalt driveway. 

Whether your damaged driveway leads to your business or your home, you will want to contact a residential and commercial paving contractor for assistance.