Simple Methods That You Can Use To Extend The Life Of Your Driveway

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You can reasonably expect the driveway of your home to last up to three decades, but there are a variety of different factors that can prematurely wear out the asphalt. Whether you've just hired a paving contractor to install a new driveway for you or you're hoping to get a few more years out of your current driveway before the asphalt falls into disrepair, the good news is that you can use a number of methods to increase the lifespan of your driveway. Here are some ideas that you can perform easily.

Change Your Motor Oil Elsewhere

If you're the do-it-yourself type who changes his or her own motor oil at home instead of having the work done at a dealership, you likely perform this task in your driveway. The concern, as far as your driveway health goes, is that every oil change can spill a few drops – or more – of oil. Even if you're skilled with the funnel and the drain pan, it's easy for some oil to wind up on the driveway. Although this might seem innocuous, it's a concern because this substance can actually soften and break down the driveway, shortening its lifespan. If you want to continue changing your own oil, find somewhere else to do the job.

Deal With Weeds Promptly

Over time, it's common for small cracks to form in your driveway. Eventually, they'll lead to the driveway needing to be repaired – but in the meantime, there are steps you can take to keep the cracks as small as possible. You'll often see weeds, grass and other vegetation growing through these cracks. If these plants are allowed to grow, their roots will expand and further damage the asphalt. Make a point of killing the vegetation as soon as it appears. You can do so by pulling it, provided you get all the roots, as well as using a chemical weed killer.

Seal The Cracks

You can add to the lifespan of your driveway by buying a sealing solution at your local home improvement store and applying it to the cracks. While also boosting the look of the driveway, sealing the cracks will prevent rainwater from getting into the asphalt and softening it or causing further cracks if the water freezes in the winter. Sealing the cracks on your own is simple, but if you're concerned about your ability to perform the task, it's smart to hire paving contractors for the job.

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