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How Can I Keep My Pavement Clean? | Asphalt Tips

How Can I Keep My Pavement Clean? | Asphalt Tips, driveway sealcoating, stratfordWhether you are dealing with a residential asphalt driveway or a large commercial asphalt parking lot, keeping the surface as clean as possible is extremely important. A routinely cleaned asphalt surface will appear more attractive, but periodic cleanings can also help prevent potentially costly repairs caused by neglect. Keeping the asphalt surface clean of foreign matter will help prolong the useful life of the pavement. Most professional paving companies recommend that cleanings and other routine asphalt maintenance procedures be performed on a regular schedule as a preventive measure. Part of the routine maintenance should be an inspection of the pavement to identify cracks or other damages that need prompt attention. A clean asphalt surface allows better visibility for a more thorough inspection. Asphalt contractors know that when problems are identified early, the need for extensive and costly repairs can often be minimized.

How Can I Keep My Pavement Clean? | Asphalt Tips

What Cleaning Procedure for Asphalt Pavement Is Normally the Most Frequent?

Asphalt contractors recommend including a procedure for removing surface debris in your routine asphalt maintenance program. Use a broom or a leaf blower for driveways and other small areas. For parking lot maintenance and cleaning, contact one of the paving contractors in your area. Paving contractors often use large vacuum machines for this purpose.

The goal is to remove dirt, vegetation, sand and rocks from the surface as well as from any cracks that are present. Vacuum or gather loose vegetation, trash and other debris; dispose of it in a closed receptacle so that it does not blow back onto the asphalt surface. Rinse the pavement with a hose. Check the condition of the sealcoating after the asphalt surface is dry.

Should Automotive Fluids Be Removed to Prevent Damage to Asphalt Pavement?

Oil and other vehicle fluids that are allowed to remain on your pavement can cause serious damage in a relatively short time. Paving contractors suggest removing these as quickly as possible. The amount of time you will have to clean these spills will depend on the condition of your sealcoating as well as the condition of your pavement. Asphalt sealcoating will slow the rate at which automotive fluids reach the pavement, but automotive fluids will eat through sealcoating in a matter of months or even weeks. Once these fluids have penetrated the sealcoating, they will destroy the binder holding the asphalt pavement together. The affected pavement will become soft and start to crumble. There are numerous products and methods that can be used to remove automotive fluids, but it is best to ask your contractor for recommendations that take the size and condition of your pavement into consideration.

Where Can I Find Help?

Driveway Sealing Call Frank has been providing commercial and driveway sealcoating in Connecticut since 1998. We specialize in asphalt maintenance, including asphalt repair, sealcoating, parking lot striping, infrared asphalt repairs, snow removal and asphalt paving. We also install and repair concrete. We are known for our reliability, workmanship and integrity. If you would like to receive a free estimate, simply submit the online request form or call 800-DRIVEWAY or 203-378-0080.

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My home in Orange has a very long, uphill and curving driveway that had many alligator cracks and other problems over 18 years of use. Frank’s asphalt heating and curing process did an excellent job to refinish the driveway and get it looking nearly like new.

It was not all roses, however, since some of the work was done in the late Fall and the seal coating over certain areas could not be done over the Winter. In the early Spring, the driveway looked very patchy. However, Frank and his team came back in two days and not only completed the promised work but went beyond our agreement to assure my satisfaction. I met Frank 3 times in this process and I can say without reservation that he is an honest man who stands behind his work.

Mark Nordstrom, Orange, CT

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