Asphalt is an extremely durable paving material that is well suited for paving in both residential and commercial properties. However, asphalt, just like all other building materials, is not invincible. While its high durability means that it can withstand a wide variety of weather conditioner and physical stresses without becoming damaged, care still needs to be taken to ensure that your driveway stays in good structural condition for as long as possible. Knowing a few simple asphalt maintenance tasks can help you extend the lifespan of your driveway for as long as possible.
Hose it Down
It's a good idea to take the time to spray down your driveway once in a while, particularly on extremely hot days. Asphalt is particularly susceptible to heat damage, as it can easily expand as temperatures soar, increasing the risk of a crack developing. Spraying down the driveway can help cool down the surface of your driveway, while also rinsing away spilled oils and other chemicals which may structurally degrade the integrity of your asphalt pavement.
Avoid Auto Work
As was briefly mentioned above, you should take steps to prevent oils, chemicals, and other fluids from within your vehicle from coming into contact with your asphalt. These fluids can be highly corrosive and damage the finish of your pavement, making crumbling, cracking, and other forms of structural damage more likely. Further, using specific types of automotive tools, like jacks, can place undue pressure on a specific part of your driveway, which can contribute to cracks, divots and other forms of physical damage. Move your vehicle onto a concrete surface, like the interior of your garage, or onto the road before doing any automotive work to protect your driveway from these forms of damage.
Provide Some Shade
In a similar train of thought to the first point, providing your driveway with as much shade as possible can help extend the lifespan of your pavement and prevent cracking related to high temperatures from developing. There are a few different ways that you can do this: allowing bushes, trees, and other plant life to grow over your driveway can help, as can installing an awning over the side of your home or on your garage, depending on the layout of your home and driveway. Further, you could always make your driveway a covered one, installing a metal or plastic covering that can protect both your asphalt and your vehicle.
Contact a company like New England Paving for more information and assistance.