Change Your Home One Step at a Time

Change Your Home One Step at a Time

4 Benefits Of Asphalt Maintenance

by Aiden Carroll

There are plenty of options at your fingertips regarding how you want to pave your driveway or roadway. One of the best options that you have available at your disposal is asphalt. Asphalt is much easier to repair than other materials, particularly concrete. However, just because you chose asphalt as your driveway or roadway material of choice does not mean that you can simply leave it to the wolves. Like everything involving your home, it demands maintenance. There are a number of different ways that you can maintain your asphalt. 

Sealant

When it comes to your asphalt driveway, you will find that the application of sealant is necessary in order to avoid your asphalt becoming damaged quickly. Sealant will ensure that no pesky surface cracks will come up on your driveway and, if they do, sealant can work to prevent them from becoming any worse.

Sealant is a slow setting asphalt emulsion that should be diluted with water. You want to apply sealant, or have a professional apply sealant, approximately once every 3 to 5 years. There are also professional grade sealants that can do quite a number on your cracked or brittle asphalt driveway. You do not want to apply sealant shortly after construction of the driveway, as this can lead to excess material that might come off on your shoes or tires.

Crack Sealing

Sealing deep set cracks is a bit more of a complex phenomenon than using sealant on your asphalt driveway, and it is usually reserved for when the crack or cracks on your driveway have intensified in size and magnitude and may be indicative of greater structural or integral damage to the driveway itself, rather than a simple cosmetic blemish.

A non-heated emulsion base is used in these situations. It is poured down the crack itself and works quite a bit like concrete. It will set and harden and eventually fill in those cracks that provide structural damage to your driveway or roadway.

Paving

Repaving your asphalt driveway is something that you might eventually have to do if you have not been particularly careful about maintaining or upkeeping the integrity or cosmetic situation of your driveway or roadway. Repaving is something that requires the hand and eye of a professional, although usually this is not something that is too terribly expensive.

Once every 10–15 years you should probably repave your asphalt. If your asphalt has experienced extensive damage, you should also repave it. It is also important to note that, with an asphalt driveway, you should not repave during the rain, as this can cause moisture and water to set within the innards of your driveway and can eventually lead to cracking, splitting and fissures.

Prime Coats

Prime coats supply a number of benefits to asphalt driveways and should be applied by anyone who wishes to keep a diligent eye on properly maintaining their driveway. A prime coat is the application of a low viscosity base to a driveway or roadway that is going to receive its final layer of asphalt. The benefits a prime coat provides are numerous. They can ensure that moisture will not make its way into the innards of your driveway and can also serve to harden the exterior base of your driveway. 

Asphalt driveways can be resilient, long lasting and quite aesthetically pleasing. However, like all things revolving around your household, it is important to properly maintain and upkeep it. Hopefully, this article has given you a few tips in that regard. When you notice damage with your asphalt, either have it repaired or replaced right away by a professional asphalt contractor, such as Armour Pavement Inc.


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Change Your Home One Step at a Time

The best way to handle major home renovations is to take them one step at a time. Instead of trying to change your whole home at once, start small. I started with the guest bathroom, then the guest bedroom, then moved on to my kids’ rooms, my bedroom, and the living room. Now I’m working on remodeling the kitchen. I started this blog to help other people who are attempting major home renovations. I’ll show you how to change your whole home by breaking it up into manageable chunks. Wondering which kitchen counters are right for you, or how to add more space to your bedroom? We’ll go over the pros and cons of different materials and discuss DIY renovation projects. Before you know it, you’ll have created your dream home.