After you have invested the money with installing an asphalt pavement in your yard, you want to keep it looking nice and holding up under vehicle traffic for as long as possible. There are some regular maintenance tasks you should do to keep your asphalt lasting as long as possible, as it is not a pavement you can install and forget about. Here are three helpful tips to help you keep your asphalt protected and prevent damage as much as possible.

Tip #1 Prevent Vegetation Damage

The surface of your asphalt and its edges will begin to oxidize over time from the sun's rays, causing it to dry and crack. When the edges of your pavement begin to have vegetation growth trying to take root within the surface, and cracks form, remove the vegetation regularly to prevent further destruction to the pavement.

Use the end of a screwdriver to scrape vegetation from between the cracks of your asphalt. You can also use the edge of a shovel or garden trowel to clean the vegetation. Some experts recommend to use a propane torch to burn the vegetation from the cracks, but be careful you don't burn or melt the asphalt during the process.

After you have removed any vegetation from cracks, clean the cracked area and apply an asphalt patching material of liquid asphalt filler or cold patch mixture into the crack , depending on the width of the crack. This will prevent further vegetation growth and deterioration.

Tip #2 Clean It Often

When you drive and park vehicles on your asphalt pavement, there will occasionally be drips or spills of vehicle fluids. Such vehicle fluids, including brake fluids, oil, and gasoline, will erode and soften the asphalt's emulsion binders causing the pavement to deteriorate and crumble. If, for example, a gasoline spill is left to sit on your asphalt pavement, it will eventually eat its way down through the layers of the pavement. For this reason, it is important to remove and clean vehicle fluid spills from your asphalt as soon as you find them.

Clean up fresh spills by sprinkling cat litter over the spot, then sweeping up the fluid-saturated litter. Any remaining fluids, you can clean from the asphalt with an asphalt cleaning solution or a liquid dish detergent. Use a scrub brush and water with the cleaner to clean the surface, rinsing the cleaner from the entire surface of your pavement.

Tip #3 Apply a Protection Layer

In addition to cleaning your asphalt from any damaging fluids, you should also apply a protective sealcoating to your asphalt every few years, as it is needed. When you begin to notice your asphalt's color graying and the surface drying out and cracking, it may be time to have an asphalt company, like Mariotti Site Development Co Inc, apply a new sealcoating to restore the asphalt's moisture and waterproof barrier.