5 Tips for Making Your Asphalt Driveway Last as Long as Possible

Few things give a home greater curb appeal than a smooth, freshly laid driveway that's free of potholes,stains, chips, and cracks. By the same token, a driveway with an appearance that's worse for wear gives even the nicest homes an unkempt air. If you've just had a new asphalt driveway installed or are considering doing so, you naturally want to keep it good looking for as long as possible. Following are five ways to help preserve your driveway so that you'll be able to enjoy it for a long time. 

Regularly Rinsing 

Rinsing your asphalt driveway thoroughly on a regular basis prevents the buildup of dirt or debris. All you need is a garden hose and about 10 minutes of your time. While rinsing the driveway, be alert for any preliminary signs of cracks or fissures—if you seal them as soon as they start, chances are excellent that they won't grow any larger and become unsightly. 

Keep Cars in Good Repair

If you're going to be parking your car or cars in the driveway instead of in the garage, keeping your cars in good repair will help maintain the good looks of your driveway. Cars that aren't serviced on a regular basis can leak all manner of fluids onto driveways, sometimes even causing permanent staining. Making a habit of checking your driveway where you park your car for leakage of vehicle fluid helps keep both your car and your driveway in good shape. 

Deal With Spills Quickly 

Whether your car leaks transmission fluid on your driveway or you accidentally spill a jug of lawn fertilizer after shopping at the home improvement store, always deal with spills as soon as possible so they don't have a chance to become stains. 

Keep Your Driveway Swept Clear of Grass Clippings

The seeds in grass clippings can slide through small cracks in your asphalt and sprout into grass, which is not only an eyesore, but could lead to the development of potholes and cracks. Always keep a vigilant eye out for weeds sprouting in your asphalt driveway as well. 

Reseal Every Two Years

Resealing your asphalt driveway once every two years helps ensure that it lasts a long time and stays looking good. You can find all the products you'll need to reseal it yourself on the shelves of your local home improvement retailer, but many people choose to leave this chore up to companies like Phend & Brown.