Your driveway is one of the most important features of your home. It is not only responsible for providing a safe and secure parking spot, but it also adds to the overall curb appeal of your property. A well-maintained driveway can enhance the value of your home, while a neglected one can detract from it. If your driveway is made of asphalt, it requires regular maintenance and upkeep to keep it in good condition. Conducting an assessment of your asphalt driveway can help you identify any problems and take the necessary steps to fix them. Here’s how to conduct an assessment of your asphalt driveway:
- ASSESS THE OVERALL CONDITION OF YOUR DRIVEWAY. Consider the age of the asphalt, the amount of use it gets, and any previous repairs that have been made. This will help you determine whether it’s time for a new driveway or if repairs can be made.
- LOOK FOR CRACKS: Cracks are one of the most common issues with asphalt driveways. Inspect your driveway for any visible cracks. If the cracks are less than a quarter-inch wide, you can repair them yourself using a crack sealer. However, if the cracks are wider, it may require professional attention.
- CHECK FOR POTHOLES: Potholes can cause damage to your vehicle and pose a safety hazard. Look for any areas where the asphalt has eroded and created a pothole. If the potholes are small, you can fill them with a cold patch. However, if they are larger, you may need to hire a professional to fix them.
- CHECK THE EDGES OF YOUR DRIVEWAY. Look for any signs of crumbling or erosion, and check for any gaps between the asphalt and your home or garage.
- EXAMINE THE DRAINAGE: Proper drainage is essential to prevent water from pooling on your driveway. Check for any low spots or areas where water accumulates. If you notice any issues, you may need to add additional drainage or adjust the grade of your driveway.
- LOOK FOR STAINS: Stains from oil or other substances can detract from the overall appearance of your driveway. Look for any stains and clean them using a degreaser.
- DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF ANY DAMAGE. If you’ve identified cracks or potholes, try to determine what caused them. Was it due to heavy use, weather conditions, or something else? Knowing the cause can help you make repairs that will last longer.
- DECIDE ON A REPAIR PLAN. Based on your assessment, decide on the best course of action for repairing your driveway. This may involve patching cracks and potholes, sealing the surface, or repaving the entire driveway.
- CONSIDER HIRING A PROFESSIONAL. If you’re unsure about how to conduct an assessment or how to make repairs, consider hiring a professional asphalt contractor. They can provide expert advice and ensure that your repairs are done correctly.
Regularly assessing your asphalt driveway can help you identify any issues before they become major problems. By following these tips, you can ensure that your driveway remains in good condition and adds value to your property. With proper maintenance and repairs, your driveway can last for many years to come. If you need help with assessing your driveway, contact us @BradleyAsphalt.
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Estimator: Duane Bradley