How to Keep Your Asphalt in Tip Top Shape
For many Ramsey property owners, asphalt is something they don’t even think about maintaining. Yet there are a number of things you can do to prolong both the attractiveness of your asphalt and also its useful life. Another perk of maintaining your asphalt well is that the more durable and attractive your asphalt is for the walkways, sidewalks and driveway, the higher your home’s resale value will be when you are ready to sell.
In this post, learn tips you can use to keep your asphalt surfaces in top condition.
What Can Cause Your Asphalt to Deteriorate in Quality?
Knowing what to do to keep your asphalt like new for as long as possible is also about knowing what can impact its useful life.
Here, weather is one of the biggest reasons why asphalt degrades faster than expected. In Particular, extreme cold or heat can combine with standing water, cracks and holes, weeds, tree roots and other environmental issues to break down the integrity of your asphalt more quickly.
Parking heavy vehicles or storing heavy materials in one place on top of your asphalt for long periods of time can also contribute to the formation of cracks and holes that may then be made worse by weather or roots.
But perhaps the worst damage is caused by issues that can’t even be detected by sight. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause damage that only shows itself over time, as can oil, gas or fluids spills that seep down into the asphalt itself.
Tip #1: Seal (and then reseal) your asphalt as needed.
A good top sealant is perhaps the number one protectant against any kind of environmental damage. Sealant can also keep cracks and holes from forming at all by providing a hard outer coat against damage.
The best approach is to seal your new asphalt after it has dried and then reseal it again at least annually. Before you do your annual resealing, you can pull weeds, trim the surrounding lawn and fill in any minor holes or cracks. In many areas, spring is the best season of the year to do your annual resealing.
It can be a time-saving choice to develop a relationship with a trusted local professional and schedule an annual service appointment to repair and reseal your asphalt so you don’t get busy and forget.
Tip #2: Fill in cracks, holes and potholes as they happen.
There is no one single way to ensure cracks, holes or potholes will never form in your asphalt. Sometimes nature or water table issues intervene, as people who live in areas with foundation problems already know. So here the best defense is to remedy any cracks, holes or potholes the moment they show themselves.
The major advantage to moving swiftly to perform necessary repairs is that you can stop the cracks or holes from getting bigger, but there is no way to make them go away and they will not get any smaller if left alone. Fast repairs ensure surface abrasions or holes will not deepen and affect your asphalt’s underlying solidarity.
Tip #3: Steer clear of harsh clearing salts or too-vigorous shoveling.
For people who live in areas of extreme winter weather, it can be all too tempting to salt asphalt surfaces heavily in the name of safety. In the same way, hurried, too-vigorous shoveling can quickly pit the surface of your asphalt and cause cracks that dig down into the foundation of your driveway and walkways.
Using salts and invasive shoveling in winter can then impact safety in spring and summer by creating cracks and potholes that can cause trips and falls. As well, as the underlying foundation of the asphalt weakens, this can cause dips and dents that become a home for standing water and uneven walking surfaces.
It is far better to steer clear of salting your asphalt and opt for sustainable shoveling equipment that protects your asphalt for year-round safe use.
Tip #4: Trim those tree roots.
Tree roots can become a major cause of asphalt degradation. Especially if you live in an area that has many old or very large trees, the roots can cause problems with utility lines, pipes and asphalt. It is possible to trim tree roots and also install root barriers to prevent tree roots from creeping under the asphalt in search of water. For new asphalt pours or major repairs, it can be a good idea to install a comprehensive root barrier all along each walkway to prevent tree roots from breaking through.
A qualified professional company can provide this surface and also identify other underground issues that may be causing unseen wear and tear on your asphalt.
Tip #5: Don’t park directly on the asphalt when it is very hot.
If the weather becomes very hot, as is common in some areas of the country, the asphalt can actually begin to sag under the weight of parked vehicles, creating small dips and depressions that can weaken the entire drive over time.
Moving vehicles and materials to another location during the hottest parts of the day can make good sense to help your asphalt look its best and perform to its fullest potential for as long as possible.
Following these five tips can help you keep your asphalt in the best possible condition. This will help you get the most value from your investment and the highest resale value when you are ready to sell your home.
Also, by building a relationship with a trusted local asphalt professional, you can nip any brewing problems in the bud before they start and keep your asphalt shiny and safe through annual resealing. Finally, by taking a proactive approach to asphalt maintenance, you will prevent any small issues from becoming bigger safety hazards that lead to expensive repairs on your Ramsey property.
For quality services in your Ramsey, NJ home, call McFarlane Asphalt at (201) 327-5258.