Asphalt is undoubtedly a resilient paving material, which is why it is a traditional option for a good number of Australian homeowners. With professional installation, asphalt has a long life expectancy, particularly compared to other paving materials that would succumb to cracking and crumbling when exposed to extreme climatic conditions. But this does not mean that asphalt is maintenance free. With time, your asphalt is going to require some upkeep if it is to remain functional. However, the type of care that it needs would largely depend on its immediate needs at the time. So what form of maintenance does your asphalt paving require?
Sealcoating is one of the primary maintenance measures that you should take when your asphalt paving is installed. The sealcoat works to prevent premature deterioration of the asphalt through exposure to ultraviolet radiation, excessive precipitation and abrasion from debris. A mistake homeowners commit, though, is assuming sealcoating is a one-off affair. For your asphalt to retain its pristine appearance, you need to apply a fresh coat at least every couple of years. With time, the sealcoating starts to disintegrate as it withstands the worst of chemical deicers, car fluids and other contaminants. If the sealcoating is not replenished, these chemicals make their way into your asphalt and could cause permanent damage.
Sealcoating can help reduce the rate at which your driveway deteriorates but it no means will stop the eventual degradation of the asphalt. Therefore, it is advisable to know how to spot the signs of potential damage and address it using resurfacing to prolong the shelf life of your asphalt paving. One of the first things to be on the lookout for would be cracks forming on the driveway. When the cracks are left unattended, your asphalt will be on its way to develop potholes that would considerably impact the integrity of the driveway. The process of resurfacing is relatively straightforward. Your paving contractors will lay new asphalt directly on top of your existing driveway, so there is no need for excavating the driveway. The new layer is not only stronger, but it will also seep into the developing cracks and holes to create a smooth surface.
If you have had your asphalt driveway for several decades or if you have recently moved into significantly older premises, then repaving may be the best form of maintenance for your paving. During repaving, the contractors would have to tear away the existing asphalt so they can start to rebuild the foundation of the driveway. This stage is followed by asphalt laying to provide you with a brand new driveway.