All about Asphalt Driveways
Whether you call them black top driveways, ash-phalt driveways, tarmac. . .they are all the same thing.
When you are traveling it seems the further North you go the more Asphalt driveways we see. You are probably wondering why. This is due to the amount of freeze and thaw that happens.
Asphalt is pliable, making it much more forgiving than concrete. When it comes to heaving from the freeze and thaw cycles.
When it snows asphalt is an excellent choice as the black color can soak in the heat from the sun and melt snow much faster than any other type of driveway surface.
Wow, where do we start with repairing our driveways. Things that can happen to your driveway, but not limited to: cracks, chipping surface, abrasions, pitting, potholes etc.
You will need proper maintenance – the best preventative maintenance schedule to address the small distresses/damages/abrasions. Try and fix these problems immediately, as to avoid costly repairs
Getting the Most out of your Driveway
To get the most life and best appearance from an asphalt driveway. Clean the driveway, at least twice a year. Use a stiff broom and a strong hose spray to remove all dirt and debris. Seal-coat the asphalt every 2 to 5 years to ensure an attractive, water-resistance surface.
Once you get your sub-grade preparation is complete, sub-grad prep can take anywhere from less than a day to a couple of weeks. It all depends on your soil conditions.
If you live in a region that requires that your sub-grade to settle for a couple weeks, it can be a little bit of an inconvenience.
You can drive on asphalt at least 24 hours after installation. But a new asphalt driveway can take years to fully cure. Therefore minor scarring of the surface may occur from sharp turns, tractor tires, snow blades, particularly on a hot day.
All driveways age and deteriorate can become a safety hazard. However the goal with any driveway should be to maximize the life expectancy as much as possible. This requires a solid plan with maintenance of every 3 to 5 years.
Did you know that asphalt covers as much as 45% of Urban areas, and asphalt makes a sizable contribution that the urban heat island effect. On a steamy days, the surface of the asphalt may get as hot as 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your driveway is like everything else, you need to do regular cleaning and maintenance.
You’re asking what is driveway sealing? Is the process of applying a liquid product over an existing asphalt pavement in a manner that seals the surface and fills small voids and cracks as protection against the elements
By regularly applying a quality driveway sealer to your asphalt you can prevent water, sunlight and air from permeating your asphalt and preventing these problems.
As an added benefit a driveway sealing also repels oil spills and leaks and makes it much easier for you to sweep and clean your driveway surface.
When to know the best Temperature to Seal your Driveway
In the morning hours with temperatures between 75 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Some can do it when it is 65 degrees Fahrenheit and the the temperature is rising.
Before you begin having your parking lat striped. It needs to be cleaned. Either using a leaf blower or a broom to make sure that you have all debris cleared off.
Put chalk line where you want your lines to go, and also where you want your lines to end. This will make for a straight lines.
Some suggest that you put a shingle or a piece of cardboard down at the end of your ling; so that when you start you won’t leave a puddle build up at the beginning.
Typically drying time is 30 minutes; however traffic should remain off the lot for at least 1 full hour to allow for complete drying.
If your are in the Idaho area give us a call at (208) 961-5267 or check out our website www.asphaltspecialitiesllc.com