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- By john arnold
- Asphalt Know How, Asphalt Patching, Asphalt Paving, Commercial Paving
As the weather gets colder and the fall creeps through, your asphalt will require maintenance to prepare for the coming winter. When the temperature drops and the weather gets wetter, your driveway may be cracking or otherwise looking worse for wear. There are some measures you can take this fall to make sure your driveway is looking its best year-round, that will also help promote the health and beauty of your landscaping. Here are some tips on what to look out for when caring for your asphalt this fall.
Sealcoating is extremely crucial for your asphalt driveway during those long winter snowstorms. It prolongs the life of your asphalt pavements by creating a barrier against moisture and debris. By sealing your asphalt, you will be able to maintain the asphalts appearance and color without having to re-do the asphalt. Unsealed asphalt is susceptible to cracks which, if left untreated, can result in costly repairs of potholes or sub-layers. The sealcoating process seals the asphalt surface to protect it sunlight, chemical, and oxidation damage. If it’s been a couple of years since this maintenance was performed or the asphalt’s sleek black appearance has faded, have a driveway repair contractor visit this fall to re-seal the pavement to ensure it’s protected from winter’s wrath.
Identify Drainage Issues
Identifying drainage issues with your driveway will not only help you identify the root cause of repeated cracking and bumping in your asphalt surfaces, but it can help you combat soil erosion in your lawn. Many people find that they have drainage issues around their driveways, which can cause problems for the long-term maintenance of your asphalt but also cause issues for your home. Avoid flooding and erosion that impact your home and lawn by identifying drainage issues when they will be most apparent this fall. This can help cut down on the amount of black ice that forms in your driveway this winter and also promotes the health of your groundwater.
Petroleum products and other chemicals can harm an asphalt driveway. Pressure washing the surfaces can add to the curb appeal of your driveway while also removing these chemicals a debris that can easily fall into cracks by snow and water an cause additional damage.
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