Most homeowners are aware that winter weather can cause wear and tear on their driveways, patios, and other residential paving surfaces. Unfortunately, fewer realize that summer maintenance is also necessary for their driveway to look its best and last as long as it should. With regular care, your driveway should not need replacement or serious repair for 20 years or longer. To avoid cracks and other issues, below is a guide to summer driveway maintenance.
How Does Summer Weather Affect Residential Paving?
Summer heat draws moisture from the soil, which changes the shape and consistency of the ground. This can cause your driveway or patio to buckle and crack. Additionally, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes the surface to fade and discolor. Over time, the UV radiation causes the connective polymers within the asphalt to break down and turn to dust.
You may notice spalling along the edges and cracks forming in the center. Eventually, potholes will form and the asphalt may need to be replaced.
What Can You Do to Maintain Your Driveway?
Regularly sweep your driveway clean of leaves, dirt, and other debris, which can stain the surface and make it look unsightly. Remove algae and mildew using a pressure washer. Be alert for sunken areas beneath your driveway, which can cause the slabs to appear uneven. If you notice such changes, consider slabjacking or leveling before the slabs crack and spall.
Regular sealcoating also helps extend its life and protects asphalt against damage by the sun's radiation. For best results, have this applied professionally every 3 to 5 years.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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