Asphalt is the most popular pavement material on American driveways and roads. Asphalt driveways can last between 25 and 30 years, mainly when the base underneath it is strong and the soil drains well, although that would also depend on variables such as climate and traffic. Maintenance also plays a crucial role in determining the longevity of your driveway, with the following measures likely to extend its lifespan.
Fix Drainage problems
Water is a significant threat to the survival of your asphalt driveway if allowed to seep through or under the driveway because it freezes and thaws. When allowed to penetrate the pavement, rainwater and melted snow freeze when the temperatures get extremely cold, causing anomalous expansion of water which in turn causes the cracks on the driveway to expand. You thus ought to ensure that the water drains away from the driveway and ensure that it is smooth and level so that no water puddles collect on it.
Filling cracks and seal coating your driveway
Cracks provide water to seep through and leave room for chemical spills to oxidize, resulting in larger cracks and potholes that can lead to costly repairs. Filling the potholes and cracks as soon as you notice them would prevent them from enlarging and covering a larger surface of the driveway. You should also periodically sealcoat your driveway to protect it from moisture, chemical spills, ultraviolet rays, and air which is responsible for oxidation and damage. It is important to note that seal coating too regularly can compromise the structural integrity of your driveway. Therefore, only seal coat when the previous seal coat has worn off.
Get an asphalt replacement
When your asphalt driveway is extensively damaged beyond repair, the only viable option on the table is a complete asphalt replacement. Undertaking other superficial remedies will only extend the problem and can result in trips, falls, and even damage to your vehicle. Wholly replacing the asphalt can resolve root problems such as poor initial installation, ensuring the driveway lasts longer this time.
Contact DC Paving & Sealcoating today to get the problems with your driveway sorted.