Did you know that autumn is the best season for asphalt driveway maintenance? Why is that? Because autumn arrives before winter and this is a time when major freezing and thawing occurs.
Freezing and thawing wreak havoc on asphalt driveways in Virginia.
According to Virginia Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Bethanie Glover, continued freeze and thawing cycles causes asphalt pavement to break down. This break down causes pits, potholes, fading, and other damage to asphalt.
“On average, the city of Richmond repairs about 18,000 potholes annually,” reports NBC12, adding that the number increased in 2017 to a total of 25,000 potholes— or an additional 7,000.
Autumn into winter is a predominate time of freezing and thawing as temperatures fluctuate between above and below freezing temperatures. Water and moisture seep into cracks, holes and other permeable openings. When it freezes, this water turns into ice and expands, causing cracking and other damage in asphalt driveways. As winter sets in and snow starts to fall, these openings collect more and more moisture, inevitably leading to more and more damage.
Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Tips & Checklist
Autumn is here. Now that we know why asphalt driveway maintenance should be performed, what is it exactly that should be done?
Regular pressure washing of your asphalt driveway can remove debris and dirt from the surface. This prevents the debris from collecting and causing further erosion or fading in pits, cracks, holes and other vulnerable spots.
Inspections & Evaluations
A simple asphalt driveway inspection in autumn can determine what, if any, maintenance your asphalt driveway requires. An evaluation of the surface of your asphalt driveway or parking lot can also indicate how much water may be pooling in what areas, and how to fix this to prevent further damage.
Water pooling is caused both by damage and wear-and-tear on asphalt driveways, as well as poor construction or layout because an asphalt driveway that is improperly constructed can lead to issues with water drainage.
Unfortunately, if a drainage issue arises as a result of poor construction, it may be necessary to replace your asphalt driveway completely to eradicate this problem.
TIP: The best time to perform a water pooling evaluation for your asphalt driveway is immediately after it rains. This is when water is most likely to pool and accurately reflect any damage, needed repairs, or issues with draining.
Autumn is a time when the weather is favorable to you and your asphalt driveway. It is the best time to perform patching and repairs on cracks in your asphalt driveway. In the summer months when the weather is hot, cracks become smaller and can come back together. However, during the winter months, these cracks expand again. Crack repair during autumn avoids these adverse weather conditions and becomes conducive to the life-span or longevity, and overall health of your asphalt driveway.
Sealcoating Asphalt Driveways
Sealcoating is a simple, straightforward way to uphold the integrity of your asphalt driveway or parking lot’s surface. As the name suggests, sealcoating ‘seals’ the top of asphalt, forming an impermeable layer to protect from water damage. For more information on how and when you should sealcoat your driveway, check out Asphalt Paving Richmond VA’s article, “When is the Best Time to Sealcoat Your Parking Lot or Asphalt Driveway?”
Performing asphalt driveway maintenance in autumn is integral to the integrity of your asphalt driveway. It can also prevent more costly repairs in the future.
In addition, if someone is hurt in your driveway or parking lot, it is possible you could be held legally liable. Performing routine autumn asphalt driveway maintenance can ensure you stay on track and your driveway stays smooth and bump-free.
In addition, a properly maintained asphalt driveway can help you avoid getting stuck in icy, wet, and other similar conditions during winter months.
About Asphalt Paving Richmond VA
Everyone at Asphalt Paving Richmond VA is extremely passionate about what we do. The smile on your face after seeing your new or repaired asphalt driveway is what gets us out of bed every morning. All we want to do is right by you and your asphalt surface.
Asphalt Paving Richmond VA performs sealcoating, crack repairs, evaluations and more. Looking for autumn asphalt driveway maintenance or more information? Give us a call today at, 855-292-7325.
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