Here’s How You Can Make Your Asphalt Driveway Last Longer

Asphalt driveways have become popular among many homeowners because they’re sturdy, attractive, and highly cost-effective. However, just because they’re highly durable doesn’t mean they’re immune to damage! In fact, as a sealcoating contractor, we have seen many driveways that have become damaged over time due to wear and tear, lack of maintenance, and many other factors.

Fortunately, you can do something to protect your asphalt driveway from damage and preserve its beauty and structural soundness. You can start by taking these steps:

Clean your driveway regularly

Through regular cleaning, you can remove dirt, grease, oils, and other substances from your driveway and prevent them from permanently sticking to the asphalt and creating unsightly stains. Start the cleaning process by using a long-handled push broom to remove dirt from all cracks and crevices (make sure the broom has stiff bristles). You can then use a pressure washer to give your asphalt driveway a deep and thorough clean.

Ensure the asphalt is professionally sealed

Aside from cleaning your driveway on a regular basis, you also need to have it sealcoated by experts. Newly built asphalt driveways have to be sealed one year after installation; after that, you can have your driveway sealed every two to three years. Technically, homeowners can work on the sealing process all by themselves but, if you don’t have the time, it’s best to hire a professional sealcoating contractor.

Fix holes and cracks

If your driveway becomes damaged, you must fix the affected area right away. Otherwise, the crack or hole will widen over time, allowing water to reach the deeper layers of the asphalt and compromise its structural integrity. This, in turn, weakens your driveway and makes it more prone to failing.

Take these steps to extend the lifespan of your asphalt driveway and ensure that it will last longer. If you need more tips, or if you’re looking for sealcoating experts, make sure to reach out to Striping and SealCoat Specialties LLC! We are based in Vancouver, WA, and we offer top-notch sealcoating services to our clients. Call us now at (503) 914-9837!