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How to Maintain a Paved Driveway

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The asphalt that makes up your driveway is durable, but it’s not indestructible.

As anyone in the NJ driveway paving business can tell you, weather, foot and car traffic, and the passage of time all conspire to turn a surface that was once smooth and black into something grey and uneven.

That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to end up with an unattractive driveway. Here are a few things you can do to keep your drive well-maintained.

1. Keep your driveway clean

Clearing away stains caused by motor oil and other substances does more than spruce up the appearance of your driveway. It can prevent damage.

Motor oil can cause your asphalt to soften but can be cleaned up – at least when dealing with fresh stains – by using non-clumping kitty litter to absorb the oil. From there, clean the stained area with warm water and an anti-grease dish detergent.

If you have an older stain, try cleaning it with a biodegradable cleaner than can cut through grease. Use a regular brush, as wire brushes can damage the surface of your driveway.

Aside from clearing away stains, you may want to clean off your driveway by rinsing it off once a week using a garden hose. This will let you wash away dirt and debris and give you time to inspect the driveway for cracks and other damage.

2. No parking on hot days

Has your NJ driveway paving company recently paid you a visit? Be sure to keep any cars away from your driveway for a few days. If it’s especially hot out, your driveway should be off limit to cars for at least five days. During cooler weather you can cut this waiting period down to three days.

3. Prevent and fill in cracks

You can prevent cracks in your driveway by sealing your asphalt every few years to keep water from seeping beneath the surface. When water gets into cracks in the driveway, freezes, and then thaws, it can lead to potholes.

You should also remove tress or shrubs near your driveway – or trim their roots – as these roots can push up toward the surface and cause cracks. If you spot a crack, try to patch it right away.

4. Keep water away from your driveway

Make sure you’ve cleared away a two or three-inch strip around the edge of the driveway to serve as a runoff point for rainwater and snow melt. Downspouts should empty into your yard, not onto the drive.

5. Be careful when plowing and shoveling

If you use a snowplow on your driveway, make sure the blade is high enough that it doesn’t scrape – and therefore damage – your driveway. Use a plastic shovel as opposed to a metal one for the same reason.

Be careful when using deicing products like salt and magnesium acetate. They’re extremely useful for keeping snow and ice from freezing on your asphalt, but they can also be harmful to your driveway.

6. Add a layer of sealcoating

Have you had new asphalt applied to your driveway? Once six months to a year has passed, you may want to consider adding a layer of sealcoating.

Sealcoating is the process of adding a thin layer of liquid sealant to protect your driveway from damage. It can repel water and oil spills, helps you hide cracks and makes the driveway easier to clean.

If you’re searching for a NJ driveway paving company that can sealcoat your drive, look no further than Beckage Sealcoating.

We’ve spent more than 20 years helping New Jersey homeowners and business owners protect and maintain their driveways. Contact us today to request a sealing quote.

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