Extend The Life Of Your Aging Asphalt Driveway With These Quick Tips

Many homeowners view an asphalt drive as an almost infinite thing that will last the lifetime of the home. However, much like many other home features and property components, asphalt does have a general lifespan. As a general guide, an asphalt driveway should last you for between 15 and 20 years, which is still a fairly long time. Yet, when asphalt does start to reach its latter years, it can start to deteriorate rather rapidly without ongoing attention. To extend the life of your aging asphalt driveway, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner that will definitely help you get a few more good years.  

Make sure you have any cracks that show up in the asphalt promptly repaired. 

Cracks are most often the effect of drastic changes in temperature or shifts in the ground beneath the asphalt itself. While cracks may not seem like a huge problem, they can leave the inner layers of the asphalt open and exposed to further damage. Moisture can slip under the paved drive and cause further cracks, and the edges of the cracked areas can get really brittle. If you do spot cracks in your paved driveway, make sure you have a contractor come out and fill the cracks to prevent further damage. 

Stay vigilant about having the asphalt driveway sealed. 

If there is one primary line of defense you can provide for your asphalt driveway through the years, it is to have it professionally sealed on a regular basis. When asphalt is installed initially, it has a pretty resilient upper layer, but as the material sits through the years, this upper layer starts to break down quickly. Small lines and fissures, pitting, and other problems will start to show. 

Be a little more cautious and alert to signs of erosion. 

Water could easily be called asphalt's biggest foe when it is getting a old. This is because water can create problems with erosion of the surface that lead to cracks and brittleness. If you notice water pooling at certain points or small erosion lines starting to form in the surface of the asphalt, it is best to have a contractor come out and take a look. Small pooling areas can be filled with filler materials and erosion pathways also tackled, but if these types of issues are left alone, they can easily create major issues with your pavement. 

If your asphalt is looking a bit worse for wear, contact a repair team, like the one at Stripe A Lot, today.