Even though an asphalt driveway isn’t literally a living, breathing organism, responsible homeowners treat their driveways like they’re “alive.” That might sound strange, but treating your driveway like you’d treat a living thing can wind up saving you thousands of dollars in asphalt repair in Middlesex County, MA throughout its lifespan. Here are a few easy things you can do to ensure a great-looking, long-lasting driveway:
- Lay down some plywood: One of the easiest ways to protect your new driveway is by heading down to your local hardware store and buying a few pieces of inexpensive plywood. Luckily, you won’t have to keep the plywood on top of your asphalt all of the time. That’d look kind of tacky and defeat the purpose of installing a nice asphalt driveway! The only times you’ll need to lay plywood down are when you need to evenly distribute weight on your driveway. Some of these instances include when you’re using a jack stand to do work on a vehicle, or when you’re using a car ramp to load a vehicle onto a trailer. Neglecting to lay down plywood, which evenly distributes weight, will eventually cause cracks and necessitate potentially expensive asphalt repair in Middlesex County, MA.
- Avoid excessive weight on your driveway: If you don’t have a garage—or your garage is full of a random assortment of lawn mowers, tools, etc.—your only option is to park your car(s) in your driveway. That’s totally fine. Our expertly installed driveways can handle weight from standard cars, SUVs and trucks. But even though our driveways are very sturdy, they’re not capable of handling large vehicles like campers, RVs and heavy-duty trucks for long periods of time. The weight applied by these larger vehicles will eventually cause the asphalt to sink and look crummy. If you have a camper, and nowhere to store it but your driveway, make sure you lay down pieces of plywood under the tongue and tires to evenly distribute its weight.
- Avoid weight on concentrated areas: Super-heavy vehicles and machinery aren’t the only things that can cause issues on your driveway. In fact, even some of the lightest objects can create divots in your asphalt during the summer if your driveway has been freshly paved. Bicycle and motorcycle owners obviously need to put their kickstands down when they park their rides. Otherwise the vehicle would just tip over! Unfortunately, kickstands can slowly chip away at the asphalt and eventually create holes that’ll need to be patched up. Try to place a piece of plywood under your kickstand when you park your bike on your driveway. Women’s shoes can also be a problem! Even though they’re very light, pointy high heels can also make little dents in your driveway— especially when the asphalt has just been laid down in the summer.
An asphalt driveway is one of the best ways to improve the curb appeal and resale value of your home, just as long as you keep it looking good! Follow these easy guidelines to ensure your driveway looks great at all times—and if you do need to turn to the pros for asphalt repair in Middlesex County, MA, be sure to call Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving Inc.!
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