A new asphalt driveway is a smooth, blemish-free, and attractive part of your home's landscaping, and you want to keep it for as long as possible. You don't have to stand idly by and watch the condition of your asphalt slowly degrade to show cracks, oxidation, and sunken spots because there are ways you can protect it from regularly-occurring damage. Here are some ideas to help you keep your residential asphalt driveway looking new for as long as possible.
Protect the Surface
When you have a black surface under the summer sun, the temperature of the surface will heat up, and when it is a mixture of asphalt with emulsion and gravel, the surface will soften in the heat of the day. For this reason, it is important that you are aware of this fact and prevent damage to the surface. Your vehicle parked on the asphalt's surface and in the same spot every day will cause the tires to eventually press down into the pavement, leaving sunken spots.
Prevent this by varying where you park your vehicle and occasionally spraying the surface of your pavement with water from the garden hose to cool the surface before you pull in to park on hot days. You should also take care of how you turn the vehicle's wheel while you are parked on the asphalt. Never turn the wheel when your wheels are stationary because it will cause circular damage on the pavement, and be careful turning the wheel when you are backing in and out.
You may plan to park your RV or boat on your asphalt driveway, but protect the asphalt from damage due to the weight of these vehicles. When your camp trailer is parked on the same spot of asphalt for months, it will cause a divot to form. However, place a piece of plywood over the asphalt area where the RV's tires will sit and you can prevent this type of damage.
In addition to preventative care, you should also handle timely repairs to your asphalt surface to keep it looking great and lasting as long as possible. When you notice the surface of your asphalt has begun to dry out and crack, it may be time to apply a sealcoat. Your asphalt professional can seal up any larger cracks with crack filler then coat the asphalt with a full surface sealant. This application will block out moisture intrusion from the cracks and prevent damage that occurs and widens the cracks.
If you notice any damage from your tires, your asphalt professional can apply a surface patch treatment to smooth and restore the top layers of the asphalt. They can also recommend repairs for a variety of asphalt problems to lengthen its lifespan. Talk to an asphalt service for more information.