An asphalt paved surface on your property provides you with years of use and a great boost to your home's value, but only when you attend to its installation and care properly. In order to keep your asphalt protected from the elements all year long, here are some recommendations to help you take care of your asphalt pavement and keep it lasting for decades with regular seal coating and maintenance.
Arrange For Installation
The installation of a new asphalt driveway needs to be orchestrated during the right time of year and in the right weather conditions. Asphalt that is installed during wet or cold weather can result in the pavement curing improperly and prematurely deteriorating. Make sure you install new asphalt during the warm months of summer when the temperature does not go below freezing at night.
When your asphalt is installed, a paving professional will prepare the area for its layers and compacting. A good base for your asphalt should consist of well-draining soil or preferably compacted gravel or sand. You can often install a thick layer of gravel or base material and only need a couple of inches of asphalt to provide full support for vehicles and other heavy use. The edges of the asphalt should be supported with an extension of the gravel as an apron around its edges, or about right up to a concrete curbing.
Plan For Protection
Your asphalt's pavement will need to be maintained by restoring its moisture content from an infusion of emulsion seal coating. This process of applying a new seal coat layer should be followed approximately every few years, depending on the weather conditions of your climate and how much wear and tear it receives over time.
Some paving professionals recommend applying a fresh seal coat layer onto your newly installed pavement once every three to five years after it has cured and hardened. This initial protection layer will provide a durable resistance to the surface of your pavement that will help it remain solid over the next few years. Talk to your professional asphalt installation crew about the recommended application schedule of seal coating protection against early deterioration.
Be sure you also look into regular crack sealing during the time that you are not going to apply a seal coating. This will seal off these exposed cracks and fill them to prevent their deterioration further and also stop vegetation from growing in the cracks that would widen the crack. For more info, contact a local asphalt sealcoating service near you to learn more.