Asphalt is easily one of the most popular paving options available today. If you’re in the process of choosing an asphalt paving contractor to do your driveway, you probably already know most of the advantages of asphalt. It is also vital, however, to understand that some things can damage your asphalt driveway, and preparing for or otherwise addressing these things should be part of what you discuss with potential contractors.
Standing water is a big problem for asphalt. Most driveways are designed to divert water away, since any standing water will eventually lead to cracks and potholes (especially during the winter). Sealcoating can help protect against this by preventing surface damage, but the best protection is a properly graded driveway that doesn’t allow for any standing water. Another possible solution to ask your contractor about is porous asphalt, which allows water to seep through.
Heavy equipment is a much bigger problem for roads and parking lots than it is for most driveways, but it is still worth noting. The weight of the equipment compresses the asphalt, leaving ruts over time, especially if the equipment is parked. If you plan to park something heavy in your driveway, make sure that you discuss that with your contractor, so your driveway lifespan isn’t diminished.
Over time, sunlight breaks down the bonds within the asphalt, and the best way to protect against this is with a literal protective layer. Sealcoating will provide 3-5 years of protection against surface damage. Make sure that your contractor offers sealcoating, as this will be something you need done routinely over the life of your driveway.
Tree root systems are incredible, often stretching out under the ground for many feet, even up to 50 feet, in their search for water. Stretching and growing under the earth, these roots can cause significant problems for the asphalt driveway above them. Make sure that you discuss with your contractor the natural environment around your driveway, and only choose a contractor who is knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with trees and asphalt surfaces.
Oil and Fuel
Fuel and oil that sits on the surface can also cause asphalt to break down, eventually resulting in depressions and cracking. You should be paying attention to your asphalt driveway surface so that you can address these issues quickly. You should also address whatever issues with your car are resulting in the oil or fuel leak for the good of both car and driveway.
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