If you recently purchased a home with an asphalt driveway, then you need to know how to properly care for it. By taking good care of your home's driveway, you can extend its life and keep it looking wonderful for years to come.
All building materials that are subjected to the outdoors will have issues caused by weathering. The good news is that you can easily fix small problems with your driveway yourself, and a professional asphalt contractor can easily assist you as needed.
Here is the information you need to keep your driveway in tip-top shape:
Minor cracks in asphalt come from extreme temperatures. When asphalt gets too cold, then it starts to freeze and becomes brittle. This brittleness causes the asphalt to form small cracks.
When asphalt gets too hot it causes the bitumen pitch used to bind the conglomerate rocks becomes soft and oxidizes. Oxidization of the bitumen causes the asphalt to form what are referred to as crocodile cracks. They are called this because of their shape's resemblance to crocodile skin.
Cracks in asphalt can be patched with a patching compound available at your local hardware or home improvement store.
Potholes form in asphalt because water enters under the pavement's surface and forms a void. This void will break open as heavy vehicles drive across the area. This is an especially big problem in areas which have soils which contain a lot of clay or silt.
In order to properly patch asphalt potholes, you will need to have a contractor come out to your home. the contractor will cut out a patch area surrounding the damage and then patch the hole with new asphalt. You cannot patch potholes properly yourself.
In areas which are very hot in the summer months, asphalt will often melt and can form ruts if it is driven on by heavy trucks or machinery. If your driveway tends to soften in the summer, then you should not allow any delivery trucks to drive on it.
Ruts cannot be patched at home because the damaged area will need to be completely removed before new asphalt can be installed to fix the problem.
Now that you know how to properly care for and maintain your asphalt driveway on your new property, you should contact a licensed asphalt contractor in your city or town if you need maintenance assistance.
To learn more, contact a company like Armour Pavement Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.