Daily life can take its toll on your asphalt driveway leaving it stained, damaged and looking its worse. Of course, most people know that they should have their driveway seal coated to help prolong its life, but few know of how to properly care for their asphalt driveway. Thankfully, the following are and maintenance tips will help ensure your asphalt driveway stays looking its best for years to come.
Stains are one of the most common problems that negatively affect the appearance of your driveway. However, stains aren’t the only problem caused by spills. Gasoline and oil can deteriorate the asphalt driveway, which could lead to an expensive repair bill. The good news is that preventing spills is a rather easy task. Furthermore, make sure to keep an absorbent material, such as kitty litter, on hand to clean up any gas or oil spills that do occur.
Repair Damage Promptly
Far too often, people overlook driveway damage, such as cracks and holes, and don’t really pay it any mind until the damage is far more substantial. This really is a shame since most small damage can be fixed yourself by simply filling in the cracks with products designed just for that. If you wait, however, until the problem becomes worse, you will need to hire asphalt driveway repair companies to fix the damage.
Those Pesky Weeds
Weeds and grass seemingly pop up anywhere, so it’s not uncommon to find them pushing through the asphalt. If you allow the vegetation to continue to grow, you are only making the problem worse. That is why it is important to deal with the problem before it gets worse. Spot weed killer works well for taking care of this annoying problem. If, however, you find trees or other large plants growing through the asphalt, you will need to completely remove it, roots and all. Of course, you can help prevent this from occurring by simply filling in any cracks you find.
Don’t Forget the Edges
Your driveway’s edges are actually the weakest part. This is because it doesn’t have the support that other areas of the driveway has. Because of this, you must take care not to drive on the edge. Doing so can cause crack and the driveway edge to crumble. Some experts recommend building the soil up near the edges of the driveway. This will provide room for the water to drain properly and the sod to grow. Furthermore, the built up soil helps to provide support to the edges.