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Do you have a driveway? Do you own an apartment building or a rental property with a parking lot? Do you own a business with a patio? Do you manage a small town or a parks department? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you may occasionally need to hire a paving company to provide paving services for you. These companies can do anything from small paths and patios to large parking lots. They can put in plain gray concrete or dress it up with acid stains, etchings, and more. All the options can be overwhelming, but this blog is here to help. Enjoy.

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Tips To Help You Take Care Of Your Asphalt Paved Driveway

by Kathy Knight

Keeping your asphalt driveway in good conditions requires particular maintenance and cleaning tasks to prevent deterioration of its surface. Here are three tips to help you keep your asphalt strong and long-lasting.

Maintain a Supported Shoulder

Taking care of edges of your asphalt driveway is an important part of keeping your driveway maintained. The asphalt's edges will need the right support to keep them from crumbling. If your asphalt's edges were not installed with a recommended 45 degree slope and are instead, uneven or protruding upward from the surrounding surfaces, adding a supportive edging material can help prevent damage.

To add extra support, add additional soil onto the edges of your asphalt, or install a layer of gravel along the sides of the asphalt to make the transition from the asphalt's edge and the surrounding surface. You can also line the edges of your asphalt with paving stones to give your driveway a decorative look while providing more support to the asphalt. This supportive edging material boosts the strength of the asphalt's edges if a vehicle were to drive off your asphalt surface and place pressure on the edges of your driveway.

Keep It Clean of Fluids

Another tip experts recommend to maintain your asphalt driveway is to keep it clean of any vehicle fluids and other damaging fluids that may spill upon its surface. As vehicles frequently drive and park upon your driveway, it can be common for oil, gasoline, brake fluids, and other liquids to drip upon the asphalt. Because many of these fluids are petroleum based or contain other harsh chemicals, they will soften and deteriorate the surface of the asphalt. Removing them promptly will prevent damage from occurring.

Clean off any fluids with a long-handled scrub brush, a degreaser cleaner or an asphalt cleaner, and a pressure washer. Use the cleaning agent and the brush to lift the fluids, then rinse it completely from the asphalt with a pressure washer. You can also use kitty litter to immediately treat and soak up fluids right when they happen, then follow up with a degreaser cleaning.

Remove Vegetation

As small cracks form on your asphalt, take time to remove any vegetation that may grow up through them. This step helps prevent the cracks growing larger as the vegetation grows, and prevents your asphalt from deteriorating further and the cracks growing larger.

Use the end of a screwdriver or an asphalt cleaning tool to dig out weeds and grass, especially on the edges of your asphalt where growth may occur more thickly as it spreads from nearby vegetation. It is also a good idea to patch up these cracks with asphalt repair products to seal them and prevent further damage.Talk to a paving contractor for more tips. 

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