One of the main reasons why asphalt is more popular than concrete in the construction of pavements, driveways and parking lots is because it’s easier to maintain. But this does not means that you shouldn’t take care of your asphalt pavements and driveways. You still have to take care and maintain you’re asphalt pavements and roadways in perfect condition but you don’t have to spend to o much time or money doing so. Like all other artificial installations, asphalt wears out over time. You have to implement various care and maintain practices to ensure that it retains its original quality after application. You have to be extra careful before the harsh winter months to ensure that your asphalt pavements are not destroyed by frosting and so on. The following care and maintenance tips will help you keep your asphalt driveways, pavements, and parking lots in excellent condition throughout the year.
Observe General Cleanliness
You should sweep and blow your asphalt pavements regularly to clean out all debris, such as aggregates, leaves, glass particles, dirt, sticks, rocks etc. This debris can hinder drainage on the pavement or driveway thereby causing water pooling, which can cause physical destruction to the asphalt surfaces. Clearing the debris also helps uncover or reveal any cracks or potholes in your pavement for timely sealing. You should clean your asphalt roadways and driveways at least once a month depending on the prevailing environmental conditions and frequency of usage.
Fill And Seal All Cracks
You should inspect your asphalt pavements regularly to identify any cracks or potholes on the surface. If not filled on time, asphalt cracks and potholes allow water underneath the surface and when the winter season comes, the water freezes into ice which expands the cracks. This causes the physical condition of your asphalt driveway to deteriorate rapidly leading to costly fixes. You should fill cracks as soon as possible to maintain the aesthetic appeal of your asphalt pavements and also to avoid costly repairs in the future.
You should make a point of sealing all your asphalt pavements and driveways after construction. After the initial sealcoating procedure, you should seal asphalt pavements every 3-5 years. As the name suggests, sealcoating is all about sealing or securely covering the surface of an asphalt surface. This protects the asphalt from hazardous physical elements like ultraviolet rays and moisture, and inhibiting water seepage. Sealcoating your asphalt pavements also gives the surface a rich glossy black look that enhances the beauty of your home.
Prevent Pavement Overloading
In order to ensure the longevity of your asphalt pavements, driveways, and parking lots, you should be very strict about the weight of vehicles that allowed on them. You should only allow heavy trucks, such as garbage and delivery trucks on your asphalt pavements when it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, make sure that these larger vehicles remain on the public road without accessing your asphalt pavements. Heavy vehicles will destroy your asphalt pavements. You should hire a Greenwood asphalt striping company to clearly mark the allowed vehicular weight on your property. Striping and marking your asphalt driveways and parking lots will also give your home greater curb appeal. Not to mention that it will also help to organize the pavement space in your home.