Asphalt Driveways

Written by Charles Peacock
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Asphalt driveways are a standard part of most American homes, and luckily they're one of the few things that doesn't require all that much maintenance. A well-laid and drained asphalt driveway can be expected to last at least a decade without any problems, assuming you're not running any closed-circuit races on it.

Even the best driveways, however, will eventually deteriorate over time. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to extend the lifespan of your driveway. Most of these solutions are quite inexpensive, and can save you from having to shell out thousands of dollars for expensive repairs down the road.

Extending the Life of Your Driveway

Water is the number one cause of damage to asphalt driveways, and keeping it out as much as possible is the best thing you can do to prolong your driveway's life. First of all, make sure your driveway is well drained. If you often see pools of water on or next to your driveway, there's a good chance you're going to see potholes a few months or years down the road.

Sealing your driveway with special asphalt sealant is another great way to protect it from water damage. Small cracks inevitably develop in your blacktop as a result of sun exposure and temperature change. Asphalt sealant fills in these cracks, making sure they don't fill with water. Left untreated, tiny cracks like these will eventually develop into large potholes.

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