Atlanta summers are hot, hot, hot. Not only that, but because of our slightly higher elevation our winters tend to be cooler than what other Southern cities experience. These unique climate factors wreak havoc on Atlanta asphalt. The freeze-thaw cycle causes asphalt to crack, and the intense summer heat causes it to oxidize on top of that. This leads to even more cracks. But not to fear – there are several things you can do to stop the surface of your driveway from turning into something resembling gator hide this summer. Here are three of them:
1 Seal the deal. What’s the best way to protect your driveway from the heat of Atlanta summers? Seal coating. Not only does it protect against heat oxidation, but it’ll protect it from water damage as well. Seal coating your driveway every two years will ensure that it stays protected from the elements. You’ll save thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs.
2 Get rid of the greenery. Keeping your driveway’s edges clear of vegetation really helps to prevent cracks, particularly in during Atlanta’s hot, humid summers. If you don’t tend to the weeds along your driveway, their roots will slowly begin to creep towards whatever little fissures may already exist. In no time at all, those tough little roots will muscle their way in and create bigger cracks. Then you’ll be stuck with a forest in your driveway, and nobody wants that.
3 Be proactive. If you notice even a small bit of elemental wear and tear on your driveway, take action immediately. It’s tempting to put this off, we know. You’ve got a million other concerns, and your driveway isn’t number one. But don’t wait until the problem gets out of hand and you’re stuck getting a full-on asphalt resurfacing. A little preventative care goes a long way when it comes to your driveway.
Concerned your driveway won’t be able to beat the heat this coming summer? Give your Atlanta asphalt experts at Prime Paving Contractors a call. We’ll make sure you’re set for the hot weather.