Two Maintenance Tips For Your Asphalt Driveway

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A beautifully laid asphalt driveway can go a long way toward helping with the overall curb appeal of your home.  The stark darkness of the asphalt often serves as the perfect contrast to the colors on the exterior of your house.  However, just like an asphalt driveway can help your house look more aesthetically appealing, it can also detract from the attractiveness of your property if it is not well maintained.  Use this information to learn more about two maintenance tips you can use to keep your asphalt driveway in good condition.

Be Mindful Of What You Place Upon On Your Driveway

Although it's easy to think that your asphalt driveway is strong enough to endure virtually limitless amounts of weight, this isn't the case.  Placing heavy objects on your driveway could begin to make unsightly cracks appear, and even cause pieces of the material to break off.  

For example, if you're moving or completing a home renovation project, you may decide to rent a large dumpster that you place in your driveway.  As the garbage receptacle begins to fill up with trash, the weight becomes more and more intense, making your driveway susceptible to damage.

Instead of putting the dumpster in your driveway, place it onto the grass in front of your house.  The terra firma under the grass is more than strong enough to handle the rigors of a full dumpster, and you can keep your driveway intact.  

In addition, pay attention to the liquids that drip from the cars you place in your driveway.  The last thing you want to deal with is unsightly red or brown stains that mar the surface of the asphalt material and may eventually eat through it.

Sealcoat Your Driveway

Another technique you can use to make sure that your driveway always looks its best is to sealcoat it.  When you sealcoat your driveway,  you essentially put up an invisible barrier that can keep foreign elements from causing premature deterioration to your asphalt.

Weather conditions such as snow and ice can do a number on your driveway.  If it becomes too cold, the asphalt could become so brittle that it begins to break off.  Applying a seal is equivalent to putting a "coat" on when it gets cold outside:  It blankets you so that you don't have to deal with the full brunt of the extreme chill.

Opinions vary concerning how often you should seal coat your driveway.  It all depends on how you use your driveway, and the weather conditions in your area.  An asphalt contractor can give you a consultation which will let you know if it's time to have your driveway sealed.

You have what it takes to keep your driveway looking great.  Start using these maintenance tips right away so you can enjoy an attractive driveway for as long as possible. Contact an asphalt company, like Elias Bros Contractors Inc, for more information.

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