Spring Maintenance For Your Asphalt Driveway

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As the temperature begins to warm up, many homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning. While spring cleaning is commonly associated with indoor activities, you shouldn't neglect your home's exterior during the springtime either. Performing a few simple spring maintenance tasks can help you extend the life of your asphalt driveway.

Here are three simple things that you can do during the spring to help ensure your asphalt driveway remains in good condition.

1. Check for weed encroachment.

When the outdoor temperature begins to rise, plant life that may have gone dormant during the winter begins to flourish once again. Unfortunately, this often means that weeds can begin encroaching on your driveway.

Weeds that grow near the edges of your driveway can wreak havoc on the structural stability of the asphalt. The roots of the weeds can extend beneath your driveway and into the supporting base materials holding up your asphalt. You should take the time to check for signs of weed encroachment during the spring, and spray the edges of your driveway with a weed killer to help ward off damaging weed growth during the spring and summer months.

2. Check for cracks in your driveway's surface.

Extreme temperature changes can take a toll on the integrity of your driveway's asphalt. Any minor cracks that existed prior to the winter months can become worse as water finds its way into these cracks and freezes in cold temperatures.

Once all the snow has melted away from your driveway's surface in the spring, you should conduct a visual inspection for cracks. Applying a crack sealant or sealcoating your driveway if you locate cracks is a simple way to prevent moisture from wreaking havoc on the structural stability of your driveway throughout the remaining months of the year.

3. Check for chemical stains.

Parking cars on your driveway leaves the surface of the asphalt exposed to a variety of liquids. If your vehicles have an antifreeze or oil leak, these substances can stain the surface of your asphalt.

It's important that you take the time to regularly remove these stains in order to prevent the chemicals from corroding the asphalt. You can use a pressure washer and a specialized solvent designed for cleaning asphalt to remove chemical stains and road salt from your asphalt driveway in the spring in order to extend the life of your driveway.

Performing some simple spring maintenance tasks like checking for weed encroachment, sealing cracks, and removing chemical stains will help you keep your asphalt driveway in good condition.

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Mariotti Site Development Co Inc.

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