Nothing makes your home look better than a nicely paved driveway. On the other hand, nothing will bring down the look of your home more than a weed-filled, cracked, and broken driveway. It can make your home look unkempt and unsightly. Maintaining your driveway will help keep your driveway looking like new and in great shape. See below for tips on how to maintain your driveway:
Clean Up Spills
Clean spills immediately after they happen to prevent anything from breaking down your asphalt. Things such as oil, paint, grease, and other spills can harm your asphalt and cause it to crack or crumble. Use kitty litter or an oil dry product to clean up grease or oil. For paint, you can try to use dish soap to clean it up or use a paint thinner.
Spills can break down your driveway and grass clippings can grow through any tiny cracks causing even further breakdown of your driveway. Be sure to also clean up any debris from your driveway. Use a leaf blower to blow off grass clippings or use a broom to sweep them off. When mowing, be sure to mow away from the driveway so the clippings don't blow directly onto the driveway.
Sealcoat Every Few Years
Sealcoat your driveway every couple of years. Sealcoat offers protection to your driveway to fill in and seal minor cracks to prevent any further breakdown of your driveway. It also helps to hold your asphalt together. Sealcoating can be done yourself, or you can hire a professional company to do the work for you. Before you sealcoat, you'll need to make repairs to your driveway first. Remove any weeds growing through your driveway. Then fill in larger cracks with an asphalt caulking. Holes can be patched with an asphalt patch, but be sure to tamp it down so it's level with the rest of your driveway. Finally, apply the sealcoat with a long-handled squeegee to the driveway. If you have a lot of hard-scaping around your driveway you can use a paintbrush to apply the sealcoat around the edges to protect your hard-scaping. Apply the sealcoat starting at the top and working your way down the driveway using even coats.
Maintaining your asphalt will help to lengthen the life of your driveway and keep it looking like new for years to come. If you aren't sure about sealcoating the driveway yourself you can hire a professional to do the job for you.