Asphalt driveways are more common these days because of their low initial and installation costs, durability, and strength. Maintenance is a vital element of asphalt durability. This is because, like all driveway materials, asphalt is susceptible to many elements that might dramatically reduce its longevity. Cracks are among the significant issues that affect asphalt driveways primarily due to extreme weather and heavy traffic.
You do not have much control over the traffic in your driveway. However, asphalt maintenance for your Utah property can be tailored to withstand different weather conditions. Here are some information on what to expect from professional asphalt maintenance:
Extremely low temperatures will weaken your asphalt and cause it to contract and crack; therefore, reducing its life expectancy. To withstand the cold weather, most experts will recommend the use of hot mix asphalt. This is because hot mix asphalt can withstand the cycle of freeze-thaw that is typical in cold climates. It also remains unaffected by deicing agents and salts used for snow removal in areas with cold climates.
In most places, asphalt driveways are built to prevent standing of water in rainy conditions. Their orientation sweeps water into drains and prevents its accumulation. Porous asphalt is the ideal choice in areas with wet weather and flat topography. Water seeps through this asphalt and it can soak up at least 70% of rainwater, making it the most eco-friendly choice for your driveway.
Asphalt driveways remain primarily unaffected by dry weather, but if not properly maintained, will accumulate dust and oil. With a slight drizzle, the driveway becomes extremely slippery and poses a considerable risk to drivers and pedestrians. This is because the oil and dust combine with water to form a thin liquid film. Seal coating is the ideal option to prevent the accumulation of debris and oil on asphalt driveways in areas with dry weather.
UV rays can penetrate your asphalt driveway and will considerably increase its deterioration. These rays also contribute to the fading of your asphalt. In scorching weather, the rays will result in small waves and soft spots on the driveway, which increase the driveway’s risk of cracking.
Seal coating is the ideal option in places with hot weather to protect the driveway from solar radiation and harmful UV rays. The perfect frequency of seal coating depends on the type of sealer used and the traffic in your driveway. Seal coating every one or two years will suffice for most properties.
Mother Nature might be the most detrimental aspect that affects the condition of your asphalt driveway. But living in regions with extreme weather conditions should not stop you from investing in an asphalt driveway. The above maintenance routines and proper driveway installation will significantly boost the life of your driveway regardless of the weather condition.
Sweeping and cleaning the driveway will only do so much. Expert maintenance is vital to keep the asphalt looking new and prevent cracks that will reduce its longevity and pose various safety hazards.