There are a variety of things that ruin driveways and quicken deterioration. In order to extend your driveway’s lifetime, keep in mind the following things that could be doing more damage than good.
Heavy trucks, trailers or cars in general can cause a lot of damage. If you feel it may be too much for your driveway, park the vehicle on the street to avoid damage from happening.
Rock Salt & Other Corrosive Materials
While rock salt is a great way to melt away snow from your driveway during the winter, it can also cause a lot of damage due to their corrosive nature and take years off your driveway. Opt for ice melters with calcium chloride or use sand to make it slip resistant.
Asphalt and concrete are both incredibly durable materials, but tree roots are often a key problem in big damages and cracks in sidewalks and driveways. An professional arborist can help you in the tree planting stages of your construction, or you can also put up tree root barriers at the very beginning.
Shoveling with metal shovels during the winter can scrape and chip away at your asphalt or concrete driveway. Plastic shovels are much softer, and will cause less damage during a season when your driveway should stay most protected.
Not sealcoating your driveway will shorten its life span greatly. A sealcoat provides a protective barrier between the asphalt itself and the elements such as ice, water, chemicals and corrosive materials. It will also provide flexibility, allowing the asphalt to adapt to weather changes. It keeps your asphalt waterproof, and strengthens it, stopping it from becoming brittle during the summer heat.
Contact the team at Richmond Blacktop to learn more about things that ruin driveways, our sealcoating services, and the protective solutions we offer against damage.