How to Use and Maintain an Attractive and Long-Lasting Asphalt Pavement

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How to Use and Maintain an Attractive and Long-Lasting Asphalt Pavement

24 February 2021
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Asphalt is an attractive and more affordable paving for your yard's landscaping, hardscaping, and improvements. However, with asphalt pavement, you need to keep in mind some upkeep and installation recommendations in addition to selecting the right paving feature. Here are some great ways you can use asphalt pavement successfully in your yard and landscaping and keep it looking attractive for years.

Install a Variety of Looks

Your yard's asphalt pavement does not always need to look the same as all the rest of the pavement in your neighborhood. You can, however, opt for a traditional black smooth surface asphalt pavement for your driveway, parking area, or walkway; however, you can also switch up the landscaping pavement in your yard. 

You have the option of adding in an asphalt pavement that has the appearance of a gravel or pebble surface, but with the stability of traditional asphalt. When it is time to install a pavement surface for a walkway or driveway, for example, your asphalt professional will apply a layer of chip seal with pea gravel poured onto the surface. The asphalt professionals will level the pea gravel onto the surface of the new asphalt, then compress it into the surface of the chip seal where it will adhere and cool in place. This gravel-coated chip seal surface will give you a different appearance but with the same stability and durability as a traditional asphalt surface.

Pay Attention to the Edges

The edges of your asphalt pavement need to be properly supported after installation, otherwise, the edges of your asphalt will crack and start to deteriorate away. Plan to install edging support into your asphalt's edges, which will provide the stability to the pavement's edges so you avoid cracking damage. Concrete curbing is a great option for edge support.

Concrete curbing will stabilize the edges when heavy vehicles drive upon the pavement and keep it from expanding outward and cracking. You can also use soil or gravel as an edging material. Just be sure you angle the edges of your pavement at a 45-degree slope and not at a 90-degree cutoff. A soil or gravel edge support will also provide a level surface between the pavement and its edges.

Control In-Asphalt Vegetation Growth

There are a few threats to your asphalt's integrity, but vegetation and weed growth can be some of the most common. Watch out for cracks, whether they are small or wide within your asphalt, and keep them cleaned out of vegetation growth. Weeds and lawn can quickly grow within a crack in your asphalt and cause further damage. The growth of the plant and its roots will widen and deteriorate the asphalt, so use an effective herbicide or your shovel to remove the vegetation before it does serious damage.

To learn more, contact paving contractors near you.