There are many benefits of installing an asphalt driveway. For example, it is safer, less expensive, durable, and can be installed faster. If you had this type of driveway installed, you want it to stay looking new and to last longer. Fortunately, there are many ways you can do this, two of which are listed below.
Keep it Clean
Debris, vehicle leaks, etc. will get on the asphalt. Over time, these things become worse and will eventually cause damage. To prevent this from happening, keep your driveway clean. Use a leaf blower to remove debris on a regular basis. This is especially true in the fall months.
You also need to clean the asphalt if it becomes very dirty and stained. First, remove all debris, and then do spot treatments on the stains. You can use a pressure washer to make this easier if you have one. If you do not, you can rent one from a home improvement store. Purchase cleaner at the home improvement store made for asphalt.
Wet the driveway down with a garden hose and then use the pressure washer starting at the top and moving your way until the end. When you are finished, rinse the asphalt off with a garden hose to remove soap residue.
Apply a Seal Coat
One of the best ways to keep asphalt looking new and prevent damage is by applying a seal coat. Sweep the driveway to remove all dirt and debris. If there are gas or oil stains, use a stiff-bristled brush along with the appropriate spot treatment to remove them. If the driveway has any cracks, they will need to be repaired. You can do this by using a patching compound, which can be found at home improvement stores.
When you are ready to apply the seal coat, spray the driveway down with a hose or pressure washer to ensure all dirt and debris was removed. Let the driveway dry completely. Mix the sealant according to the directions on the product. You will need to stir the sealant to ensure it is mixed well.
When applying the sealant you need to work in small sections, starting at the top of the driveway and working your way until the end. You can use a squeegee or long-handled brush to apply the sealant. You only need a thin layer of sealant on the driveway, so do not put it on too thick. The instructions on the product should tell you how thick to make the sealant. When you are finished, let the driveway completely dry before you start using it again. This may be 24 hours or longer.
If you do not want to seal coat your asphalt driveway yourself, hire a seal coat service to do this job for you.
For more information, contact a local company, like Azzarelli Paving & Site Development.