3 Things You Can Do to Protect and Preserve Your Asphalt Driveway or Sidewalk
If you recently had an asphalt sidewalk or driveway installed around your property, you no doubt love the way the finished product appears. The sad news for most homeowners is that neglecting to care for the surface each day can dramatically reduce the overall appearance quickly.
Similar to the roadways around your town, the longer a pothole is neglected, the bigger and more dangerous it becomes. Consider these 3 things you can do to protect and preserve your asphalt driveway or sidewalk.
1. Applying Sealant to Prevent Future Damage
The first thing you should do to preserve the look of your asphalt sidewalk or driveway is to add a sealant sooner than later. The sealant will work as an invisible barrier, protecting the surface from water damage that could break down the integrity of the materials over time.
The sealant will also help to reduce damage from the sun each day. Those UV rays can penetrate the surface and cause cracks to appear prematurely.
The sealant should be applied once a year to ensure that the surface looks as good as it does today for many years to come.
2. Repairing Any Cracks
The first sign of cracks in the asphalt mean something like shifting soil or UV damage has penetrated the surface. Now is the time to fix those cracks before they spread. Once the cracks spread to the edge, they can cause a shift in the material and make it uneven, a dangerous place for anyone walking on your property.
The material you need to fill in the cracks can be bought at your local hardware store in small quantities and can be applied quickly to stop further damage from occurring. If you monitor the surface each week, you will, be able to address these issues in a timely manner.
3. Filling in Holes
Holes in the asphalt are more dangerous than other conditions. These holes usually seem small at first, but the shifting soil, excessive rain, combined with UV damage, deteriorate that material faster now that the inside is exposed.
These holes can grow in size quickly and become a serious safety risk. Before filling in the hole with patch material, remove any debris first so the material adheres to the rest of the asphalt. The hole should be filled in as soon as you first see it to avoid it becoming too deep to repair properly.
Don’t take your Ramsey driveway or walkway for granted. A few repairs from the pros at McFarlane Asphalt could make a world of difference. Call us at (201) 327-5258!