When snow, ice, and sleet slowly disappear from your driveway after winter, it’s common to see damage to your asphalt. If you’ve used salt or other de-icing products during the winter, the damage can be even greater. Asphalt may appear solid, but the high concentration of liquid on the surface is hit hard by the Gatineau area’s extreme temperatures. It is therefore essential to properly clean your driveway each spring to increase its longevity.
Thoroughly Clean Your Asphalt
Using a brush or broom, remove all dead leaves, gravel, and other debris or dust from your driveway. Pay special attention to samaras, pine cones, acorns, or even seeds that may have crept into a crack and damage your asphalt when the plant grows, and its roots take shape.
For best results, use a mixture of detergent and water. Whether you use this recipe or another recommended product, it is essential to clean any oil traces from the surface of your asphalt. By de-fouling it carefully, you will be able to assess the condition of your asphalt and easily describe your situation when you call your paving company to find out what steps will be required to repair or replace your driveway.
Make The Necessary Repairs
If your asphalt shows signs of cracks or potholes, you need to act quickly to prevent further unnecessary and potentially expensive damage. Just use an asphalt filler available at your local hardware store to fill in cracks and holes. If the damage is too big to be repaired by DIY, you will need to see a professional to help with the repairs or, if necessary, to redo the asphalt.
Apply A Sealant
We recommend that you protect your asphalt by covering it with a sealant every two years. Not only will you appreciate the beauty that a maintained driveway adds to your sidewalk, but you also know that this process extends its life. Small cracks signify that the bitumen in your asphalt has deteriorated, hence the importance of covering it with a sealant.
All it takes for DIY enthusiasts is a good putty and a suitable roller to apply to the surface of your driveway. A good tip: Mark your limits with duct tape to protect your grass, pavers, sidewalks, and other surfaces that touch your asphalt.
However, we recommend that you exercise caution and restraint when tempted to “over-seal” your driveway. Even if your goal is to have a black and smooth surface at all times, if you repeat the process too often, you will end up with a thick coating, which may instead cause it to crack.
And there you go! By following these simple steps, you can avoid unforeseen problems and costs and extend your asphalt life so you can enjoy your driveway for many seasons to come. As always, if you have any questions regarding your asphalt driveway, sidewalk, or parking lot, please doesn’t hesitate to contact our team – we’ll be happy to help!