Having a driveway constructed is not as easy as buying new clothes from the store. It is an investment to your home. And just like other types of investment, it is a must that you protect it. With this in mind, there are different things that you can do so you can proactively care for your driveway. Here are some of them:
- The things you need to avoid doing on a newly paved driveway:
Newly paved asphalt driveways can feel and be soft during warm weathers, especially in the summer season. With this in mind, you should avoid parking your car on the same spot over and over again. This will prevent any depression to occur. Also, you should avoid placing heavy objects or planters on your driveway. If you want to park your boat or trailer on it, make sure that you protect your driveway by placing a piece of plywood over it. This will help manage the weight of your trailer or boat. You also need to avoid making a turn before your car is moving.
- When should you seal your driveway?
Two years after you have installed your new asphalt driveway should be the best time to have it sealed. But, you may hear other contractors or owners that it is okay to have it sealed three months after construction. This is because a new asphalt driveway needs 60 to 90 days to fully cure. When a sealant is applied before the asphalt has cured, the sealant will not bond and adhere because the oil in the asphalt will find its way up to the surface. It is always best to wait for the asphalt to fully cure before sealing is done.
- How often should you seal your driveway?
Sometimes, families with many cars feel like adding a second coat of sealant on the driveway is best because it goes through a high car traffic over time. However, applying too much sealant on the driveway could result to spider cracking. The reason for this is because the sealant itself is hard. It is not as bendable as the asphalt layer that it is protecting. This means that too much application or a thick layer of sealant will result to cracking. It is best to wait for the sealant to wear before reapplying another layer. This means waiting two to three years. But, this also varies on the use and condition of the driveway. Generally speaking, if you see loose stones in the asphalt binder, then it is time to re-apply a sealant.
- Always keep an eye for cracks. It cannot be avoided that your driveway will age and will show visible cracks over time. When you see one, it is recommended that you address the issue before it grows into a much bigger damage. An untreated crack will allow moisture to go into the asphalt layer, which, in turn, will lead to asphalt deterioration and failure. Depending on the type of damage you see, you can either call a contractor for a patch repair, infrared repair, pot hole repair, or a cold patch repair. For small cracks, you can repair them yourselves with the use of a filler.
In the medical field, they have a saying that goes “prevention is better than cure”. This philosophy can also be applied to your driveway. Thus, it is always better to be proactive in caring for your asphalt before you find yourself spending more money for its repair.