Installing a new asphalt driveway is one of the best ways to ensure your home keeps its curb appeal and maintains its resale value. However, installing a new asphalt driveway can be a big investment—especially if you have a large driveway. Since you’ll be spending a pretty penny on it, don’t you want it to look great? Of course you do! Thankfully your paving company in Middlesex County, MA wants your driveway to look great, too. Here are a few simple things we’d like you to do with your car in order to keep your driveway looking its best:
- Drive cautiously: You’ve probably seen plenty of driveways and parking lots with unsightly black skid marks. These marks don’t just happen for no reason. Your blacktop can be permanently scarred by cars that back out of the driveway too quickly or cars that come to a screeching halt when they’re pulling in. Slowly driving in and out of your driveway will do wonders to ensure your driveway looks its best for years to come.
- Park sensibly: Even though it may look sturdy, your driveway hasn’t completely set for up to a year after it’s been installed. For this reason, you shouldn’t park in the same spot during the 6- to 12-month period while it’s curing. Consistently parking in the same spot will wear down that area and cause a dent in the pavement. It’s also important that you avoid turning your steering wheel (thus your tires) back and forth when your car is stationary. Again, that’ll only work to create dents in the asphalt.
- Avoid parking on the edges: Due to the lack of support on the sides, the edges of your driveway are the weakest part of the asphalt. Ensure you and your guests avoid parking on the edges when pulling up to your house. If you don’t heed this warning, the edges will eventually crack and crumble away. That’ll look bad, as well as necessitate repairs. Besides not parking on the edges of your driveway, there are other ways to keep the edges from collapsing. We recommend building up the sides of your driveway with topsoil. This is an easy DIY job that will not only provide a little more support to the edges, but will also look great once grass begins to grow.
- Clean up leaks and spills: Whether it’s oil, antifreeze, transmission or power steering fluid, cars are inevitably going to leak various fluids throughout their lifespan. While there isn’t a whole lot you can do as a car owner to prevent these leaks, you can help ensure that they don’t cause problems for your driveway. Clean up any fluid as soon as you see it. That’ll mitigate the harmful effects these corrosive liquids can have on your asphalt.
As your trusted paving company in Middlesex County, MA, Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving Inc. works hard to ensure your driveway looks great after installation. Follow these easy parking tips to save yourself the hassle and expense of hiring a contractor to repair or replace your driveway more often than necessary.
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