As the days start to get longer and warmer, it’s time to start thinking about yearly maintenance tasks. One of the items on your list should be taking care of your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Heat causes asphalt sealants to weaken as well as glue and other bonding agents to become more susceptible to cracking. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your asphalt and keep it looking good without the need to completely re-pave your driveway. 

Below are three tips you can use to keep your pavement looking like new this summer.

  1. Repair your asphalt

The wear and tear on your asphalt over the year usually results in cracks along your blacktop. These cracks are not only unsightly but can shorten the lifespan of your pavement.  Keep minor repairs from becoming major ones by having cracks filled with hot tar. If you wait, these cracks will only get worse with time.

Sealcoating your pavement will help preserve and protect it in the long run. A seal coat protects your driveway or parking lot against heat and water damage as well as oil that may spill on the surface. A seal coat also makes your pavement look like new and can really give your home or business extra curb appeal. 

  • Clean up spills

Chemicals and oil spills can have a surprisingly damaging impact on your pavement. If you leave spills to sit, they can potentially break down the tar beneath creating more cracks and weakening the overall composition of your blacktop. Cleaning unsightly spots right away will also help prevent staining.

Schedule your free blacktop repair and maintenance estimate today with Freedom Asphalt.