An asphalt driveway is a great option that will help your home to stand out from the rest. However, if you are unfamiliar with asphalt driveways, you may understandably have a few questions about asphalt driveway maintenance and repair if you are considering choosing an asphalt driveway for your home. Here is a look at answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about asphalt driveway.
Do I Need to Sealcoat My Driveway?
The first question that you may find yourself asking is whether or not you really need to sealcoat your asphalt driveway. Sealcoating is an important part of maintaining asphalt as it helps to protect your driveway from damage relating to oxidation and weather exposure. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect to have their asphalt driveways sealcoated, which can cause their driveway to crack, degrade, and form potholes, drastically reducing the asphalt’s lifespan. It is then important that you have your driveway sealed at least every two years, or as directed by your paving contractor.
When Should I Replace My Asphalt Driveway?
Assuming you maintain your driveway properly and have it sealed at regular intervals, how long can you expect it to last? Even asphalt that is properly maintained will begin to degrade over the years, and it will crack, fade, and develop potholes, indicating that it is time for a new driveway. How long your driveway will last depends on a variety of environmental factors, however, you should expect your driveway to last between 15-20 years.
What Can I Do About Cracks in My Asphalt?
As cracks begin to form in your aging driveway, you may worry that your asphalt will soon need to be replaced. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to extend the life of your driveway when cracks appear in your asphalt. In order to prevent small cracks from turning into a major problem, it is important that you inspect your driveway for new cracks at least twice a year. Upon discovering new cracks, you should have them professionally sealed in order to help prevent them from spreading and compromising your driveway’s structural integrity.
Feel free to contact us with any additional questions that you may have about maintaining your asphalt driveway.