Keeping your asphalt pavement well-maintained is the key to helping it last as long as possible before you need to replace or resurface it with new asphalt. Taking time each month to check, repair, and maintain your asphalt is an important part of being a smart homeowner. Here are some tips you can use to help keep your asphalt from deteriorating before its time:
Remove Vegetation Growth and Fill Cracks
As vegetation growth appears in the cracks and crevices of your asphalt surface, it is important to remove the vegetation and prevent its regrowth. Weeds, grass, and other plants growing with cracks can speed up the deterioration of your asphalt and require you to have to resurface the pavement sooner.
Use a garden trowel, the end of a screw driver, or other sharp instruments to dig out and remove any vegetation regularly. You can also apply a weed killing treatment to the crack to prevent the regrowth of any roots or weed seeds. Then, sweep out or use a pressure washer to clean out any dirt and debris that may have accumulated inside the cracks, as this can provide a place for additional vegetation to grow.
After you have removed vegetation growth and any dirt from the cracks, you should fill the cracks with an appropriate asphalt filler. For smaller cracks, apply a liquid asphalt filler. For larger cracks, use an asphalt patching compound to fill each. A trowel is helpful for pressing the compound into the cracks and leveling it to the surrounding surfaces.
Seal Coat Your Asphalt
A new layer of asphalt will have several years of use before you will need to apply a seal coat application. This type of coating restores the asphalt's moisture and flexibility to prevent it from cracking and breaking apart. The sun's ultraviolet light breaks down the asphalt's emulsion and oxidizes it, causing it to lighten and dry out. Wind and other weather factors, depending on your climate can also factor into its rate of deterioration. Watch the surface of your asphalt for drying out and lightening in color to determine when you will need to apply a protective seal coating layer.
You can hire a professional asphalt company to apply the seal coating layer, as it will need to be spread over its surface in a level layer. You can also buy your own seal coat material, which is sold in five-gallon buckets from most home improvement stores. Once you have cleaned and patched any cracks over the asphalt's surface, you can pour the emulsion tar onto the asphalt and spread it around using a seal coating squeegee. Make sure you allow it to fully dry and cure before walking over driving upon its surface.
Use these tips to help you maintain your asphalt pavement. Contact a company like New England Paving for more information and assistance.