Planning and building the installation of an asphalt-paved driveway makes the difference in your driveway's ability to provide you with a strong surface. Here are some tips to remember when you hire out or install the work for your next asphalt driveway.
Ensure Foundation Durability
Before your asphalt is installed, you should take time to make sure the base of your asphalt is to be supported with a durable layer of angular gravel or crushed, recycled concrete. This type of foundation remains sturdy in the presence of moisture and does not erode or shift, keeping the asphalt layer stable. Remove any soft soil from the site before installing the aggregate layer.
Prevent Water Damage
Water is one of the biggest causes of damage to your asphalt's surface. When water is allowed to sit upon the surface of your asphalt or seep down into cracks, the water causes the asphalt's foundation to erode to cause the asphalt to settle and become damaged. Moisture collecting within cracks during winter weather can cause further cracking from freeze-thaw patterns.
For these reasons, it is important to make sure your asphalt surface is protected with a proper installation and regular maintenance. The surface of your asphalt driveway should be a smooth but sloped to allow water to flow off of it. This prevents the water from sitting on the surface of the pavement, where it can pool and saturate through the asphalt's layers.
Many homeowners have their asphalt driveway installed with a center ridge running down the length of their driveway. If you driveway is built on a slope, this can help drain water from its surface.
Repair and Patch Age-Related Cracking
Keeping the surface of your asphalt maintained to repair cracks is important, and as it ages in the sun, cracks can and will form. The sun dries out your asphalt's surface, causing oxidation and loss of the asphalt's flexibility.
Keep an eye on the condition of your asphalt and clean debris out of any cracks you find so you can fill and repair them. Also remove any grass or other vegetation that has begun to grow within the cracks, as this can cause further damage. Fill in each crack with an asphalt crack filler product designed for repairing thin or wide asphalt cracks. Be sure to press the repair material into the crack to remove any air pockets.
After you have filled in any cracks, it is recommended to coat and protect the surface of your asphalt with a sealcoating application. This seals all your repairs you have completed to prevent further moisture damage, while it smooths the appearance of your asphalt, and restores moisture and flexibility to the surface of your asphalt.
For more information, contact a professional service, such as Northern Asphalt LLC.