Paving My Driveway Again

Insight For Keeping Your Asphalt Well Maintained In Any Climate

by Minnie Larson

One of the biggest investments of your property includes the pavement surrounding your home. No matter its size and how many parking areas you have on your property, the money you have put into your driveway and parking areas is valuable and you should do all you can to take care of the pavement properly and prevent it from degrading prematurely during extreme heat, rain, or cold. Here are some recommendations you can use for your pavement no matter the climate and types of weather you experience in your area.

Restore and Prevent Sun Damage

The sun's effects on your asphalt paving can dry out the pavement, as it is in direct exposure to the sun every day. When you live in a southern or hot desert climate, the pavement tends to dry out more quickly, allowing cracks and damage to its surface. 

You can prevent asphalt sun damage from occurring by keeping the surface protected with an asphalt sealcoating. Apply a layer of sealcoating every few years when your asphalt begins to fade to a grey color. Your local asphalt contractor an apply this protective and restorative coating to your pavement. The black covering also restores its appearance in addition to its condition, so your property looks its best.

Allow For High Moisture Drainage

In a wet and high moisture climate, the soil and foundation material below your asphalt needs to provide for good drainage. Without the right drainage, the foundation below the asphalt's top layer will erode away, allowing your asphalt to eventually sink and collapse. And if you live in a climate that has temperatures that fall below freezing, the saturated under layers will freeze and expand upward, causing heave damage. 

High moisture from heavy rains can also lead to surface saturation, ponding, and pooling of moisture. If you have ever seen an asphalt surface that has sunken spots that constantly collect water during rain storms, these sunken areas are due to an improperly installed foundation. 

To protect your asphalt from this type of damage, make sure your asphalt contractor prepares the site with compacted gravel or other well-draining material. You can also install a porous asphalt to prevent moisture from pooling over the asphalt and avoid surface deterioration.

Protect Against Winter and Freezing Damage

During winter in northern climates, your pavement will harden and become less flexible. Then, when you need to complete snow removal, be sure your snow plow includes a rubber tip blade to protect the pavement from scraping. You can also float the plow blade just above the surface of your pavement when you remove snow. This moves a majority of the snow from your asphalt and the remaining skiff can melt in the snow or with the aid of snowmelt.

For more information, contact a local paving contractor.