How to Maintain Your Residential Paving and Increase Its Lifespan
Pavers offer an attractive, durable surface for driveways, patios, and walkways. They can also boost your home’s value. However, pavers require some maintenance to stay in good condition and prolong their lifespan.
Sweep and hose down your pavers regularly to remove dirt, dust, leaves, etc. Regular cleaning can help prevent mildew, mold, and weeds.
Seal It Regularly
Asphalt is prone to damage from gas spills, oil leaks, and the sun’s UV rays. Sealing your pavement protects it from this damage and slows the deterioration of the surface. It also prevents weeds and grass from taking root in the cracks. Getting your asphalt sealed as needed is far more cost-effective than repairing and replacing it after large cracks and holes develop.
How often your asphalt needs to be resealed depends on the climate and level of use, but we recommend it be done every few years. Just be sure not to overseal the asphalt, as this can shorten its lifespan. To help ensure that you’re not oversealing the asphalt, survey your driveway or parking lot regularly and make sure all drains are unblocked. Also, limit the number of vehicles that access your paved areas as much as possible, especially larger ones like garbage or semi-trucks. Keeping traffic to a minimum can greatly extend the lifespan of your paving.
Clean It Regularly
You must regularly clean a residential paving and remove any debris, including leaves and other organic matter, from the surface. This helps prevent the growth of weeds, moss, and fungal lichens that are particularly common in damp, shady areas. Regular sweeping and using a broom with plastic bristles to avoid scratching the surface are also recommended.
A pressure washer is also good for cleaning your paving; rinse thoroughly afterward to avoid leaving soap on the paved area for too long (more than 30 minutes). If you notice rust spots, use a rust cleaner that is safe for your type of paving and follow the instructions.
In addition, it is important to clean up any oil or gas spills immediately and repair cracks as soon as possible – this will help prolong the lifespan of your asphalt. Regular snow removal is also recommended, as too much snow can put additional strain on your paving.
Keep It Clean
If you have oil stains on your paving, keeping up with regular cleaning is important. Mix washing liquid, salt crystals, and a bit of bleach in a bucket of water and scrub the area with a hard-bristled brush. After scrubbing, rinse the area with a hose nozzle attachment. The salt crystals help to break down the oil, making it easier to remove. Regularly sweeping and mopping the paved areas is also a good idea. This will keep dirt and grime from becoming trapped in the paving, which can damage it over time.
Lastly, be sure to regularly survey the paving for standing water. This is one of the most common reasons asphalt pavement fails. If you notice a lot of water pooling, consider having a drain installed. It’s much more affordable and convenient than replacing your paving sooner than it should. Be careful when using deicing chemicals, as some can be very harsh on paving.
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