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8 Driveway Maintenance Tips

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

A maintenance worker washing a driveway

Extend the lifespan of your new driveway by performing these simple new asphalt driveway maintenance tips.

Not only is your driveway one of the most functional areas of your home, but it also contributes to your home's curb appeal. Often overlooked until significant damage is already done, there are several ways you can extend the lifespan of your driveway. These tips are particularly important for harsh Ottawa winters that can do a number on your asphalt driveway. Not only will this help save money, but it will also keep your home's entrance looking great. Consider our eight tips for asphalt driveway care and maintenance:

Clean your driveway

Keep your driveway free of debris and clean. Using a push broom and hose to clear off the surface works well. While cleaning, opt for a lighter bristle and avoid using harsh wise brushes.

Avoid and clean spills

Avoid harsh chemical spills like oil and gas on your driveway. Not only do they have the potential to stain, but these chemicals can quickly degrade the asphalt and lead to required repairs sooner. While you can do your best to avoid spills, sometimes they happen. When they do, don't neglect them. Act fast and clean them with appropriate solutions to keep your driveway looking great and extend its lifespan. Non-clumping kitty litter and gentle dish soap can work wonders on oil spills!

Fill Cracks

Driveways can last around 20 years but certainly don't last forever; as asphalt ages, cracks are bound to occur. Keeping an eye out for them and either filling them yourself or hiring a professional to fill them will help extend the lifespan of your driveway and keep it looking its best for years to come. If you're going to complete the work yourself, clean the surface, remove loose debris, and apply filler and patching materials.

Remove weeds

While asphalt is very durable when done correctly, there's little that stands in the way of the strength of weeds. They can be prevented for some time while asphalt is new, but they are inevitable. As soon as you see one pop through swiftly, take action. You'll notice how quickly more can appear if they're left for any length of time.

Avoid salting your driveway and use ice chippers

We understand that the mention of any cold weather in Ottawa should be strictly forbidden, it's, unfortunately, the reality for half the year, and we need to be prepared. To maintain the life of your driveway, we suggest avoiding the use of salts as they can be harsh on the surface, opt for sand instead.

Another, maybe obvious but worth mentioning tip is to avoid ice chippers. Aggressive impact on the asphalt can cause significant damage.

Winter ice and salt on asphalt pavement

Shovel promptly and plow cautiously

Avoid heavy snow build-up on your driveway and the accumulation of ice. It will be easier to remove and easier on the surface of your driveway. If you use a plow, be mindful of the blade location, and keep it lifted from the surface to avoid scraping.

Keep heavy machinery off

A regular asphalt driveway is not intended to hold heavy-duty trucks or equipment. As possible, avoid driving and parking them on it. If you know that everyday use of heavy equipment is bound to occur, talk to your paving company when you're getting a driveway put in. Alternatives can be suggested.

Start with good asphalt

Not all asphalt is created equal, and not all paving companies are comparable. Before investing in a new driveway, ensure that the team you're picking has good experience and uses high-quality materials.

If your driveway is in rough condition and you're looking for repairs or replacement, you can reach out to us for a free estimate. With over 35 years of experience, you can trust the Bytown team to deliver a quality driveway.


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