How To Maintain Your Asphalt Pavement This Summer

Posted on: 10 July 2020

Depending on your location, the summer temperatures can get up into the high 90s or the low 100s—possibly even higher. If you are unable to stand to be outside for an extended period of time, consider how your asphalt pavement feels. That intense heat can take a huge toll on its surface. To ensure that your asphalt driveway lasts for years to come, keep the following tips in mind this summer.

Repair Cracks in a Timely Manner

Excessive heat during the summer can cause the surface of the asphalt to weaken, which can result in cracks. Further damage can be caused by rainwater when it ends up pooling beneath the surface, which increases the risk of the formation of potholes. As long as you are able to get cracks repaired as quickly as possible, you can keep from having to pay to have to replace the whole driveway. If you have the cracks repaired while the weather is cool and dry, the risk of cracks occurring again later down the road is reduced.

Avoid Parking in the Same Exact Spot

Throughout the summer, your vehicle and the asphalt driveway will absorb a significant amount of heat. If you choose to park in the exact same location each day, the additional heat from your vehicle's tires will cause the asphalt to soften and could result in an indentation being left behind. This is particularly true for heavier vehicles like trucks, trailers, and RVs. To prevent this from occurring, you will want to refrain from parking in the same spot or park in the garage during the summertime.

Use a Water Hose to Cool Off the Driveway

Water is used by many people to keep themselves cool when the heat gets unbearable during the summer. Well, water can also be used to keep your asphalt driveway cool. Use the water hose to spray the asphalt down with cool water. This will help to restore its strength. Just make sure that there aren't any puddles of water on the surface that could lead to cracks and potholes forming.

The aforementioned are just a few of the things that you can do during the summer to help protect your asphalt surface from the damage that the heat and sun can do to it. If you would like to learn more or need to schedule asphalt repairs, get in touch with a local asphalt paving service like Azzarelli Paving & Site Development.

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