There is a home repair and improvement season that rolls around every year. It is usually in the summertime when kids are out of school, parents don't have extremely hectic days, and the holiday season is far away and guests aren't arriving.
This is the time to spruce up your driveway and ensure it looks good for the rest of the year and will impress and handle any visitors during the holiday season. Asphalt is always a great option for the driveway but to look good and function properly you have to spend money on maintenance. Having a maintenance budget is the best way to approach asphalt repairs that crop up.
Expected Maintenance Costs to An Asphalt Driveway
Cracks and Fissures:
If they are single cracks or fissures that do not connect to each other you can cut cost by handling these yourself. Buy liquid crack sealer from your local hardware, remove any debris or dirt from the crack, and fill the space with the crack sealer.
Every 4 years you need to apply seal coating to an asphalt driveway to act as a barrier between the asphalt and the sun, snow, ice, and rain. You can also do this yourself using asphalt driveway sealer, which you can apply in a day.
Major Cracks and Fissure Networks:
This is the big leagues and you need an asphalt specialist to look into the extent of the crack and determine the way forward. This usually needs the asphalt in the affected area to be removed, cleaned, and relaid with hot asphalt. This requires specialized tools and experience, not to mention training on the safety aspect of it, so let a repair person handle this one.
Resurfacing the driveway is necessary when the asphalt has badly deteriorated even posing a safety hazard to drivers coming to your home. It is easy to revamp everything like repairing cracks and revitalize the surface of the driveway with a new layer of asphalt on top of the already existing one. Resurfacing also helps with proper drainage of the driveway.
Maintenance of an asphalt driveway does not need to break the bank. In fact, if you catch the wear and tear early you do not need to have a contractor on hand at every turn. You can fix the little things yourself. However, if you do leave the deterioration to escalate, you will probably need to let a paving company like Imperial Paving in on the problem.