Asphalt doesn't last forever, it's going to crack and crumble with time, but it may happen much sooner than it should if you aren't taking care of it properly. You may be doing some things that is causing your asphalts premature breakdown. To prevent this from occurring to your asphalt, read on for a list of a few things you should stop doing immediately.
Using Chemicals/Grease/Paint On Your Asphalt
Using things such as chemicals, grease or oil, and paints on your driveway can cause a breakdown of your asphalt and lead to cracking and crumbling. Don't use your driveway as a workshop. Keep your driveway clean and clear of these things so as to not cause an issue with your asphalt. If you do end up with stains from paint, grease or oils, or chemicals spill onto your asphalt, be sure to clean it thoroughly with mild detergent and rinse the soap away.
Storing Vehicles In The Driveway
If you have a vehicle that you're working on, or that you just don't drive that often, consider parking it in a garage or a barn/shed rather than in the driveway. Parking a vehicle on the driveway for too long can cause the tires to eventually sink into the driveway, leaving your driveway with divots, which can be difficult to repair. Never store anything heavy in your driveway for too long of a period of time, and don't park/store anything too heavy on the driveway either. Things such as extremely overweight vehicles, storage containers or over-sized garbage containers can all sink into the asphalt and cause damage.
Mowing Towards The Driveway
Be sure when you mow that you are mowing away from your asphalt. Those lawn clippings can fall into tiny cracks in the driveway, and any seeds in the clippings can eventually start to take root. This can deepen the minor cracks you had and lead to much larger cracks that will fill in quickly with grass and weeds. Blow clippings and other lawn debris off of your driveway with a blower, or sweep them away. If you see any grass growing through your asphalt, kill it immediately with grass or weed killer and fill in the gap with an asphalt filling compound.
These are just a few of the things you may be doing that is causing your asphalt to crack prematurely. If you have issues with your driveway, or your driveway is in bad shape, call out a professional asphalt paving contractor to see about having your driveway repaired or replaced altogether.
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