Characterized by smooth, quiet, and safe surfaces, asphalt driveways are frequently seen on commercial properties. While these driveways can last a long time when constructed properly, they see a lot of traffic and will need proper care to remain intact and keep looking nice throughout the year.
Check out what you can do to add years of life to your commercial asphalt driveway.
Asphalt's black color hides dirt and stains well, so you could be forgiven for thinking that your commercial asphalt driveway doesn't need to be cleaned.
Periodic cleaning of your asphalt pavement is crucial to prevent dirt and grime buildup that will deteriorate your asphalt pavement if left untreated over time. Using a pressure washer is an effective and chemical-free way to get accumulated dirt and debris out of the asphalt. Make sure you set the pressure washer at a low setting to avoid damaging the asphalt.
For stubborn spots, use a mild cleaning detergent designed for pavements to loosen and remove the stains. Avoid the use of full-strength bleaches — these harsh detergents deliver fast results but they may do more harm than good.
As a part of asphalt preventative care, your driveway will need to be periodically sealed. Periodic sealing of the driveway helps protect the paved surface from rain, snow, ice, UV radiation, oil, deicing salts, and other elements that may shorten its life.
Sealcoating your driveway also makes it look new again as it helps to repel dirt and hide surface blemishes that tend to become conspicuous over time. Your asphalt surface must be cleaned thoroughly before a sealer can be applied over it.
Asphalt driveway maintenance also requires performing repairs on the paved surface when the need arises. Over time, your asphalt driveway will develop cracks and holes that can cause major structural issues if not detected and repaired early enough.
To preserve the life of your driveway, you will need to clean and patch any existing cracks and holes. There are many patching techniques you can use to fix the damage, with each requiring the use of different repair tools and supplies.
Asphalt driveways ride smoother and cost less to build than concrete driveways. When preserved right and repaired in a timely fashion, they are expected to have a longer lifespan. For more information on asphalt paving services, feel free to get in touch with your local paving contractor.