You’ve finally made the choice between concrete and asphalt coating for your driveway. But while an asphalt road surface may come with a lot of perks, it’s more expensive. Exactly why you need these 7 great tips to make your asphalt driveway last longer and protect your investment.
1. Give It Time To Solidify
While concrete takes a few days to cure, a thick layer of asphalt needs a complete year to harden and reach its highest tensile strength. But it doesn’t essentially mean you’ve to wait a year. You just have to reduce the amount of weight that passes over your new driveway after the first month. Heavy bodies like; your vehicles, heavy-duty equipment, and other machinery can depress your asphalt driveway. Also, avoid driving towards the edges of your driveway if they are unsupported. Meanwhile, to quicken the hardening process, expose the driveway more to the sun by removing coverings, shelters, and sheds.
2. Water Every Week
Depending on the construction period, seasonal rise and fall in temperature may ruin or extend an asphalt construction life. The asphalt content is reactive to temperature, it hardens when the temperature rises but softens at low temperatures. By watering it every day, you put this seasonal effect to your advantage, securing an even temperature in the asphalt from side to side. Watering should be done once a week through the first year of construction.
3. Seal Coat Regularly
Sealing your asphalt coating driveway restores the newness of it, increases longevity, and solidifies the tarmac aggregates underneath. The seal coat, when applied well, sinks into the not-so-obvious cracks to stop rain from making potholes out of them. Seal coats also serve as lubricators, by adding to the flexibility, water resistance, and reducing volatility/reaction to chemicals. Nevertheless, the seal coat should be applied 5 or 12 months after construction and should be continued at the same interval.
4. Keep Petrochemicals Away
Bitumen makes up 5% of the ingredients of driveway coating. It is reactive to petrochemicals and will affect other components in the long run. Petrochemicals to keep off your driveway until after complete curing include; road salts, grease, lube oil, and gasoline from cars.
5. Sweep Everyday
This is especially for when you have trees around or have debris blowing to the surface of your driveway from the lawn. Rocks, leaves, and other particles leave prints behind when stepped upon and must, therefore, be gotten rid off frequently to avoid further wear and tear.
6. Evacuate Excess Water
While the pressure from rainfall may depress a new asphalt construction, moving flood may pick up petrochemicals and may drop them on your driveway. To avoid this, ensure your contractor completes the design with a solid drainage system for water and snow. Also, when getting rid of snow, avoid the use of heavy snowblowers/snowthrowers to avoid asphalt coating depression.
7. Fix Cracks And Holes On Time
A stitch in time saves nine. Right? Because you cannot completely protect your investment from defects, coming right in time to fix the tiny pop-ups will save your driveway from complete ruin. You will also escape spending more money on a larger fault in the end.