For homeowners, maintaining the asphalt on your property is very important and can prove to be very valuable. Giving your asphalt, whether it be on your driveway or elsewhere, proper service can allow you to save a lot of money in professional repairs in the future. These popular maintenance tips are easy to do on your own with the right tools and a little bit of time.

Clean

Cleaning your asphalt is one of the best ways to ensure that it remains healthy for as long as possible. It doesn't require much effort either. The best way to clean is first to remove any and all weeds that may have sprouted through cracks in the asphalt. You can do this with your hand and a brush. Follow up this step by using a degreaser to remove and oil stains that may have developed on your asphalt and finally, give the surface a proper pressure wash. You can usually rent a pressure washer from your local hardware store for the day. This tool will allow you to get your asphalt looking brand new.

Repair cracks and potholes

If you notice any cracks in your asphalt, then it is recommended to repair them as soon as possible. You can buy regular crack filler from your local hardware store, which is very easy to use. Simply fill in the cracks with the product and allow it to cure for the necessary time as mentioned on the manufacturer's instructions. Fill all of your cracks in while they are small so they don't grow too large.

With potholes, it's essential to repair them before they grow too large and cause some serious damage. Filling them can be done easily with a repair compound. After you apply it, the compound will need to be pounded down with a tamper. Allow the compound to cure for the necessary time, and your asphalt surface will be level and sturdy.

Seal the asphalt

The final step in maintaining your asphalt is to give the surface a good sealing, especially if you've repaired any cracks or potholes as the sealer will provide a nice top coating to prevent the cracks and potholes from developing further. Sealing the asphalt is an easy process but will require that you have a few days of good weather and no rain to allow the sealant to properly dry. Sealing can add years to the life of your asphalt and bring value to your home in the long term. 

If you need some help with your asphalt maintenance, contact a company like Curtis Clean Sweep.

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