Asphalt and tarmac driveways are a popular choice for many reasons. They’re low maintenance, ideal for any size or shape driveway, are flexible and durable and are extremely cost-effective for larger areas.
Despite them being low maintenance and durable, asphalt and tarmac do get hot during increased temperatures for a couple of reasons. First of all because they are black in colour they absorb more heat and asphalt actually stores the heat as well. And secondly, because they’re oil based, when the oil products heat up, their good thermal abilities mean they stay hot for longer periods of time.
If you want to protect your driveway during the summer months here are some tips for taking care of it when the weather heats up!
Remember your sealant
One thing to note about hot weather is that it’s the ideal time to seal your asphalt driveway as the heat allows the sealer to bond better to the surface. Additionally, because the sealant runs thinner when it’s hotter, it allows it to get deeper into the small cracks and bond much better.
There are a few different types of sealant you can use to protect your driveway against the elements. Seal coat is an anti-oxidation solution which prevents the surfaces from looking worn and can slow the ageing process. Slurry seal is similar, except it contains aggregate.
Get out the hose
It’s a good idea to periodically cool down your asphalt or tarmac driveway with your hose. Cool water will reduce the temperature of your driveway and it’s also handy to help you identify any problems with your driveway such as pooling water due to an uneven surface.
Be mindful of indentations
During hot weather tarmac and asphalt driveways can become susceptible to damage from objects that apply pressure in one uneven area, causing indentations. For example, trailer jockey wheels, ladders and vehicle jacks. Take extra precautions when using these on your driveway and avoid using them during the hottest parts of the day.
At Premier Surfacing we’re experts in laying professional tarmac & asphalt driveways for both residential and commercial properties. For more information about driveway care or to enquire about getting a new driveway contact us today.