An asphalt driveway continues to be one of the most economical paving methods available today. To preserve the value and curb appeal of your home, your asphalt driveway should be sealed and kept in good repair, especially in states like Utah with extreme weather and temperature conditions. Here are three steps you can take to get the job done right.
Inspect your driveway and look for any stains, cracks, or potholes. Clean any grease or oil stains with soapy hot water or a degreaser and then rinse. Cracks should be cleaned out thoroughly and filled with an asphalt repair filler. Small holes should be gouged out to remove loose material and debris until the entire repair area is solid. Then add asphalt filler and compact the patched area.
As any Salt Lake City asphalt paving company will tell you, repairing potholes is a more complicated process than filling cracks. For potholes you will need a different type of product, usually a cold patch or blacktop patch. First, remove all debris and loose asphalt from the hole. Then, use a shovel to spread the new asphalt evenly across the hole and compact it until firm.
Once your driveway has been repaired, cleaned, and prepped, you are ready to seal the entire asphalt surface. When properly applied, asphalt sealer will protect your driveway from further damage caused by the hot sun, inclement weather, and normal traffic conditions. Expect to reseal your asphalt driveway every few years to keep it new looking and functional.
With regular maintenance and care, your asphalt driveway can last for decades. Repeat the above steps every few years or as needed to keep your driveway in sound condition. Routine maintenance will not only keep your driveway looking attractive but it will also help prevent serious and more costly repairs later.