Asphalt is easiest to lay down in warm weather, on a day without wind or precipitation. In the Bay Area, that means that spring and summer are often the best time of year to give your driveway a little TLC.
Learn how to properly care for your driveway in the summer months so that you're prepared before the rainy season rolls around again.
3 Summertime Asphalt Care Tips
Do Some Spring Cleaning
Take a moment to clean off your driveway and remove any stains. Things like oil and crushed leaves can leave unsightly stains on your asphalt. Additionally, taking a little time to clean off your driveway makes it easier to spot larger issues, such as cracking and damage.
Clean off your driveway using a broom, hose, or pressure washer. Oil stains can be cleaned with kitty litter and dish soap or vinegar. Be mindful, however, that whatever you use to clean your driveway is drain safe, as most driveways will runoff into public storm drains.
You should be applying sealcoating to your asphalt roughly every 3 to 5 years. Regular sealcoating can prevent damage to your driveway such as staining, cracking, and other issues.
You need at least 12 hours of dry weather for your sealcoat to settle properly, which is what makes those warm California springs and summers the perfect time for driveway maintenance. Double-check when the last time your driveway was seal coated and get an appointment on the calendar this summer if needed.
Fix Larger Issues
Much like sealcoating, asphalt repairs are also best applied when the weather is warm and dry and the pavement has time to set properly.
If you've noticed damage to your driveway recently, the warmer months are the best time to have repairs done. Look out for:
- Standing water. Water can cause serious damage to your pavement, so if you notice water pooling in certain areas of your driveway, you will need repairs done. This may indicate a need for asphalt repairs or even replacement.
- Cracking and potholes. Structural issues like these may indicate a need for patch paving or other repairs. It’s especially important to fill in cracks and potholes proactively, as the summer heat may make them worse.
- Older asphalt. Asphalt is only designed to last roughly 20-30 years for a driveway, and 15-25 years for a parking lot. If your driveway is older than this and you've noticed damage, summer is the perfect time for a refresh.
Summertime is the best time of year to get your driveway in ship shape. Doing repairs now can help your driveway to weather the rainy season better, preventing the need to repair more costly issues brought on by water damage down the road. Ready to get started? Get a free consultation.