Summer is the perfect time for relaxing, enjoying the sun and going on vacation, but it’s also critical that you take care of your asphalt driveway in Vancouver. The same way our skin needs protection with SPF to prevent damage and premature ageing, our driveways require the same attention and care. This protects the asphalt and stops it from cracking, crumbling and becoming damaged.
Here are 5 ways to keep your driveway looking good as new, year-round.
Repair Hairline Cracks
The sun’s UV rays and heat can cause it to become brittle and prone to cracking. If you notice that your driveway has cracks, make sure to avoid further damage by having them repaired. Leaving the problem untreated will cause the cracks to worsen and get deeper, encouraging the need for costly, extensive repairs and replacements. We can easily repair any cracks by filling them in.
Sealcoat the Entire Driveway
Sealcoats are like a protective coating for your entire driveway. They act as a barrier against the elements, protecting the asphalt from sun, heat, UV rays, dirt, chemicals, rain, snow, ice and so much more. Without it, your driveway is more prone to becoming brittle and ageing prematurely. Sealcoats, however, should only be performed after repairs are completed and cracks have been properly filled.
Don’t Park in the Same Spot
Although we are creatures of habit, parking in the same spot over and over again during the summer when asphalt is softest, creates divots and dents in your driveway. This then makes water pool, which creates even further damage when it sits and begins to seep deeply into the asphalt.
Immediately Clean-Up Chemical Spills
If you spill and automotive chemicals or your car leaks fluids onto the driveway, hose them away immediately. If left to sit and absorb, they can deteriorate and eat away at the asphalt as well as cause long-term damage.
Avoid Weed Growth
Weed growth, sometimes is unavoidable, especially if you have small cracks or holes in your asphalt that you left untreated. If your driveway is relatively healthy or new, however, there are ways to prevent weeds from growing. If you’re having seeds, mulch or dirt delivered for your garden, lay down some tarp to prevent it from seeping into the cracks and growing leaves. The same goes for day-to-day gardening.
If you’re looking for a professional, experienced company to restore your asphalt driveway in Vancouver, we’re here to help. Don’t hesitate to call us to learn more and get started on your project.