Caring For Your New Asphalt Driveway: Tips To Keep It Nice For Years

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An asphalt driveway can be very beneficial to you. It's an affordable way to add a driveway to your home, and with the right installation and care can last as long as the more-expensive concrete alternative. Here are tips to keep your new asphalt driveway protected and nice for years.

Sealcoating

Sealcoating is an excellent way to give your asphalt driveway a fresh appeal while protecting it against erosion, cracks, uneven wear, and more. A special liquid material is applied evenly to your asphalt's surface by a paving contractor and then allowed to dry for a smooth, shining finish you can enjoy. Sealcoating can be done on asphalt (and concrete) driveways once they are over 90 days old, and can be done regularly every few years to ensure driveway health and flexibility.

Edging

The most vulnerable part of your driveway are its edges since they don't have the support of asphalt on all sides and are exposed to the elements. You can place asphalt edging on your driveway to prevent chips and corrosion which can happen naturally. You can also place topsoil right next to your edging a few inches high and plant grass seed in the area to create a protective barrier around your driveway and hide any current erosion. Do not drive on the edge of your driveway to help it last.

Spill control

If you park directly on your asphalt driveway, you will inevitably encounter gas and oil spills at some point. Oil spills are not as devastating to your driveway as gasoline spills are. Gas spills can actually cause your asphalt to dissolve and separate, which leads to vulnerable sections that will need to be repaired. If you get a spill on your driveway, immediately attempt to clean it up by diluting the spill with water and placing kitty litter or sand over the remaining spill. A paving contractor can give you further advice for reversing damage caused by gasoline spills on your driveway. In many cases the damaged area will simply have to be removed and replaced with fresh asphalt.

If you want your asphalt driveway to last for decades, you need to take care of it. Sealcoating is an excellent way to protect the surface of your driveway from weather and other damages and you can do your part to keep the edges and surface free from future harm as well. Talk to your paving contractor about the best ways to keep your asphalt driveway in great condition.

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Decorating Your Pavement

After I began working with a friend of mine to beautify my yard, I realized that there was one piece of the puzzle that I seemed to be missing. My driveway and front sidewalk were in dire disrepair, and I knew that I needed to do something to make things right. I worked with a paving contractor to completely patch, refinish, and stain the pavement, and when he was done the area blended right into my design aesthetic. This blog is all about decorating your pavement by doing things like using concrete acid stain and hiring professionals to add decorative details.