You have just had MG Paving repave your driveway. However, even the most well-built driveways can be damaged if proper care isn’t taken. Let’s discuss five things that can damage a new asphalt driveway and how to avoid them.
- Heavy Vehicles:
Heavy vehicles like trucks, RVs, or construction equipment can cause significant damage to an asphalt driveway. These vehicles can cause cracks and potholes on the surface, leading to costly repairs.
To avoid this damage, try to avoid driving heavy vehicles on your driveway, especially during the first year. If it’s unavoidable, make sure you park them in a specific spot and avoid turning the wheels when they are stationary.
Asphalt driveways can fade and weaken due to prolonged exposure to sunlight. The sun’s UV rays can break down the binding agents in the asphalt, leading to cracks, potholes, and other types of damage.
To prevent this, apply a sealant to your driveway every two to three years. The sealant will protect the asphalt from UV damage, water, and oil spills.
Water is another significant factor that can damage an asphalt driveway. When water seeps into the asphalt, it weakens the foundation, causing cracks, potholes, and other forms of damage.
To prevent water damage, make sure your driveway is sloped, so water flows away from your home. Also, fix any drainage issues that may cause water to pool on your driveway.
Chemicals like gasoline, motor oil, and even fertilizers can damage an asphalt driveway. These substances can weaken the binding agents in the asphalt, leading to cracks, potholes, and other types of damage.
To prevent chemical damage, clean any spills immediately. Use a detergent and water mixture to clean the area, and avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia.
- Winter Weather:
Winter weather can be harsh on asphalt driveways, causing cracks and potholes. The freezing and thawing of water can cause the surface to expand and contract, leading to damage.
To avoid this, make sure to keep your driveway clear of snow and ice. Use a plastic shovel instead of a metal one to avoid damaging the surface. Also, avoid using salt to melt ice as it can cause further damage to your driveway.
In conclusion, by avoiding heavy vehicles, applying sealant, maintaining proper drainage, cleaning spills promptly, and being mindful during winter weather, you can prevent significant damage to your new asphalt driveway. With proper care, your driveway will last for years to come.