How do you get your driveway to last as long as possible?
One of the best thing you can do for the health of your driveway is to keep erosion at a minimum. Thankfully, United Asphalt Paving is here to help you with that.
So, here’s what we recommend doing to keep your asphalt driveway from eroding.
1. Direct Water Away From Your Driveway
When you have gutters that are consistently driving water onto your driveway—whether it’s because your gutters are clogged and overflowing, or because your downspouts aren’t doing a sufficient job at controlling waterflow—the paved surface will gradually erode.
So, first things first: Keep your gutters clean. They should be cleaned at least once a year, but twice a year is optimal. This will prevent overflow.
Next: Install a downspout system that directs gutter runoff to other parts of your property (ideally parts that are sloping away from your driveway).
2. Block Water From Entering Your Driveway
If water tends to stream downwards from your lawn onto your driveway, you may need to install a physical barrier of some kind to keep the water away.
You can do this yourself without hiring a contractor by arranging natural stones or pavers along the edges of your driveway.
However, for the most effective runoff control, you may want to invest a professionally installed border and drainage system.
3. Sealcoat Your Driveway
Finally, sealcoating is a foolproof way to prevent water intrusion and subsequent erosion. This should be done every three to five years for optimal protection.