The Ultimate Guide to Summer Asphalt Maintenance

After the rigors of winter, homeowners are advised to do a thorough inspection of their properties to determine signs of wear and tear from the extreme temperatures. Your asphalt driveway is among the areas that experience the most deterioration over winter. Freezing temperatures cause small cracks in the surface to widen. When summer arrives, heat from the sun dries out the asphalt surface, causing crumbling and further damage. You can minimize these issues by taking the time to give your asphalt driveway a facelift when the warm weather arrives. Here are a few tips to get your asphalt driveway in shape for summer:

Do The Right Preparation
Give the entire surface of your driveway a thorough visual inspection, taking not of cracks, holes, and other signs of damage. Before beginning the repairs, check the weather to see if rain is likely. Heavy rains will make proper repairs impossible, but asphalt experts say that a light mist should not hold up your work. Repairing asphalt is a messy business, so wear proper clothes that protects your skin and can be discarded after use. If the asphalt has extensive damage, you may prefer to call an asphalt contractor to do the appropriate repairs. Remove all weeds and grass that have grown in the cracks and give the surface a washing with detergent and a stiff brush to remove dirt and oils. This action will provide a good surface for your repairs.

Fill Obvious Cracks
Remove loose debris from larger cracks that are over 1/8th-inch wide and fill with crack filler that is available at hardware or home improvement stores. Smaller cracks under this size can simply be sealed over. You can use a pre-filled cartridge and simply squeeze the material into the cracks. However, these are more expensive than the material you load into cartridges yourself.

Patch Holes and Depressions
Use asphalt patch products to fill holes and depressions in the surface. Cold-mix patch is adequate for small holes. However, if the holes are large or deep, you will achieve a better effect with hot-mix products. Follow the directions on the packaging carefully.

Apply A Sealer
Applying a sealer will help to secure the repairs on the surface and reduce further damage to the materials. Both a brush and a squeegee are needed to do a good job of applying the sealer. You can use the brush to work the sealer into the asphalt surface. However, the squeegee is a better tool for spreading the sealer broadly over the top. Allow the sealer to dry for at least 48 hours without being disturbed.

Maintaining your asphalt surfaces will pay off in longer wear and less damage to vehicles using the pavement. Follow these tips and you will not only maintain your property well, but also save money on bigger repairs.

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