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Insight For Successful Asphalt Installation And Property Maintenance

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As a homeowner, you use your property and its surrounding pavements for many tasks and activities. When you want to install a proper pavement or keep your existing asphalt maintained properly, there are some specific recommendations to follow in order to complete this achievable goal. The following are some recommendations to help you through the process of installing and maintaining a successful asphalt driveway.

Know When to Arrange Installation 

You may walk outside to clear off your snow-covered gravel driveway and decide that you need an asphalt covering installed to make your property more manageable. But, when your property is covered with snow or any moisture for that matter, you don't want to install a new layer of asphalt. Moisture and snow over the ground will make your new asphalt layer fail from the moisture's saturation to the ground and the base material. And wet weather will cause the asphalt to harden and cure too quickly, leaving your pavement cracked and permanently damaged.

Make sure that you arrange for your new asphalt pavement during warm and dry weather. This environment is the most amenable to new asphalt being applied, which your asphalt crew will look for before installation. Plan the installation for a day when the weather and the ground are both above freezing for the best results, and make sure you reschedule if you encounter rain in the weather. 

When you do install the asphalt on a warm dry day, be prepared with your vehicles and foot traffic that you do not walk, drive or park upon the asphalt. Doing so can cause damage to the surface from pressure from traffic that will be difficult to repair. Sunken spots will allow moisture to pool over the surface and will erode down through tiny cracks on the pavement, leading to potholes.

Take Care of Regular Work 

Asphalt is a great durable and flexible surface for long-lasting quality, but it is exposed to the elements on a constant basis, so you will need to take time and invest in its maintenance and repairs when necessary. Regular care to your asphalt will protect cracks in the surface of the pavement from growing, so be sure to fill cracks with crack filler and asphalt patching repair material to block out moisture intrusion and to keep dirt and debris from settling into the cracks, which can lead to vegetation growth.

It is also a good idea to follow up on your repairs by applying a sealcoat treatment to the pavement. In addition to repairing the surface and any patches, a sealcoat will leave the paving job looking restored and attractive with a protected surface.