Summer is one of the easiest seasons for your asphalt driveway to become damaged. There are longer daylight hours, increased UV radiations and hotter temperatures. Just as your skin is susceptible to damage from the sun, your asphalt pavement is vulnerable to the same. With asphalt pavement, the temperatures will heat up the asphalt, softening it, putting it at risk of being scratched, punctured, etc. Luckily, there are ways that you can prevent damage to your pavement during the summer. Here is what you need to know.
1. Fix Cracks
When cracks form in your asphalt driveway, it becomes vulnerable to water damage. Whether you are using a water sprinkler for the kids to play with or water your yard or it rains, the water can seep into the cracks and begin degrading the asphalt below the surface. To prevent this from happening, it is important to have cracks repaired as soon as possible after noticing them. Otherwise, the problem gets much larger and far more expensive.
2. Avoid Parking in the Same Exact Spot
More than likely, you probably park your vehicle in the same exact spot in the driveway day after day. When you have guests come over, they may park in the same spot as well. Unfortunately, the sun and heat softens the asphalts, so parking consistently in the same spot can cause significant damage to your driveway. Specifically, it can cause the driveway to sink and/or deform.
3. Don't Use Sharp Objects
You will also want to make sure that you are careful with the tools that you are using on your driveway. Whether you are using them directly or indirectly on your driveway, the hot (softened) asphalt is easily scratched and punctured by sharp objected, such as screwdrivers, jackets, shovels, etc. Therefore, you may want to lay down a tarp or blanket to reduce the risk of damage to your pavement.
4. Seal the Driveway
Over time, UV rays from the sun will degrade your driveway's asphalt. One way to protect your driveway from UV radiation as well as various other weather elements is to sealcoat the pavement. Sealing the driveway also can help to cover up small cracks that may have formed, which will protect the asphalt from water damage.
If your driveway has not been sealed or it is in need of repair, contact a local paving service for a quote and to schedule an appointment.