- Home Improvement
Asphalt Paving Repair
Asphalt is a great material for use when you need to pave a driveway. It is relatively inexpensive when compared to paver blocks or concrete and yet has the durability to stand up to the basic wear and tear imposed on it by vehicular movement. It is also considered a green material because it can be recycled a number of times.
Pay Attention to Maintenance
Even so, asphalt like all other materials can wear away and does need regular attention to maintenance. If you want your asphalt driveway to give you years of good service, you will need to pay the right amount of attention to its upkeep. For starters, you must ensure that your asphalt driveway has the right amount of drainage, and there is never water accumulating on its surface. Water can act to create sealed pockets of air below tires and these can cause uplifting forces that can loosen the asphalt and the metal and lead to potholes.
Asphalt is affected by the ultra violet rays from the sun and they can cause the binding properties of the asphalt to deteriorate and become brittle, this leading to falling apart and exposing the aggregate in the base. This can be overcome, by renewing the seal coat that is applied to the asphalt. This must be done in two coats, with the first coat covering any cracks that have formed, and the second one giving a seamless surface.
Never neglect any potholes or weak areas that have been formed in your asphalt driveway. Remove all the loose material that will have indicated the presence of a pothole. You should then use a cutter to increase the pothole to a regular shape. Remove all the debris and mix some new asphalt with the materials that can be used again, or some new metal. Now apply a tack coat to the cleaned pothole, allow it to become tacky, and then fill it with the newly mixed material. Make sure that this new patch of asphalt is properly compacted and made completely level with the surrounding area. Give the same treatment to all potholes, and if there are too many, it may not be a bad idea to give a seal coat to the entire driveway.
Look after your asphalt driveway and never allow it to form potholes and you will find that it will give you years of service.