Let’s face it, it’s sad to pull into your driveway and find mountains of the rubbish building between the cracks and weeds growing through them. Even in the harshest winters, weeds are vigorous enough to survive and germinate.
On your asphalt surfaces during the winter, snow and ice frequently freeze and thaw. Water may collect and seep through your asphalt surface during the freeze-thaw cycle if your asphalt is graded improperly or has uneven patches. Since water expands when it freezes, your asphalt will break as a result. Your asphalt concrete surface may develop significant cracks and holes as a result of frequent freeze/thaw cycles, which will allow weeds to spread and the foundation to disintegrate.
The spring season is the ideal time to inspect your asphalt driveway for any damage that the winter’s moisture and severe temperatures may have caused. Check your driveway after it rains to see if there are any locations where water pools on its surface. Look for any cracks, weed growth around the borders, or potholes.
Besides giving your vehicles a smooth, long-lasting surface, a well-kept asphalt driveway adds beauty to your house. However, asphalt does require routine maintenance to remain sturdy, and minor cracks that go unattended can cause your driveway to crumble and become an eyesore.
On your driveway, fill up any low spots you find, patch any potholes, and fix any cracks. Remove any weeds that are growing along the driveway’s edge, and then hoe or use an edging tool to tidy up the edges. Consider placing an edge along your driveway, such as rubber mulch with a weed-proof mat underneath, if weed invasion is a concern. In between seal coatings, keep your driveway clean and clear of harmful growths like moss and lichen. Seal coating should be done every one to three years.
For building a driveway or sidewalk entranceway, concrete is one of the materials with the best aesthetics and the least amount of care. It’s critical to fix any issues before they worsen and force you to replace your driveway and/or pavement earlier than necessary.
Your driveway’s foundation may shift as a result of earth shifting brought on by rain, which could result in cracking and collapsing. The risk of damage is significantly higher if you reside in a region with frequent freezes and thaws. Additionally, water may collect in any low areas of your driveway’s surface and lead to cracking.
Look closely for any cracks, holes, or disintegrating concrete on your driveway. Don’t forget to check the expansion joints for cracks. After a heavy storm, check your driveway again to see if there are any areas with standing water.
Your driveway’s cracks should be caulked, and any damaged expansion joints should be sealed. To level out any low places or to give damaged concrete a “new face,” use a concrete re-surfacer. Any parts of the driveway that have started to sink lower than the rest should be raised. Re-seal your concrete every three to five years, and between re-seals, maintain your pavements clean and free of damaging moss and lichen.
Bergen County’s sole distributor of SEALMASTER goods is Hackensack Paving of Hackensack, New Jersey, which also carries a wide range of supplies for maintaining and repairing concrete and asphalt.
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