Asphalt maintenance is important, as asphalt does erode with use and as weather elements have their elements with time.
However, a Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) is very durable solution, and can last for many years for you, with only minimal maintenance.
As is the case with most construction projects, make sure that your asphalt driveway is designed and built correctly. Your chosen contractors’ quality of work, attention to detail, and ability to finish work completely can all have an effect on how much and how often you need to maintain asphalt.
Also, weather elements do affect the durability of asphalt. In this regard, surface drainage is very important.
Make sure your contractor has plans and builds adequate surface slopes to produce good drainage. Standing water, on or near the driveway, is undesirable.
How to Approach Asphalt Maintenance
Your chosen asphalt contractor is normally your best source for information on maintenance. Different types of asphalt require different levels of maintenance.
Also, in areas where the driveways are salted during winter and the ground gets frozen during winter months normally require expertise from the contractor to consider these elements when building and maintaining the asphalt surface.
National Asphalt Pavement Association recommends that a high-grade asphalt emulsion sealer (sometimes called bituminous emulsified sealer) to be applied every two to five years, depending on your climate, wear patterns, and the like.
As a rule, driveways that are sealed regularly look better and last longer.
These emulsion sealers consist of asphalt cement treated to mix with water.
Once the material is applied, the water evaporates, the material hardens, and the surface is waterproof. For driveways on slopes, some sealers may contain sharp sand that will provide added traction.
Asphalt Maintenance - Repair
Even though asphalt is a very durable solution, over time, there can arise need to repair parts of the asphalt.
The most obvious need for asphalt repair is when the asphalt needs resurfacing due to traffic caused erosion on the material.
Also, some communal work projects may require the asphalt surface to be partly broken and removed. These patches require repair, solutions of which may range from patching with cold asphalt to bringing the whole asphalt crew to resurface the surface.
Your contractor is normally the best source on the range of solutions that apply to your repair needs.
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