Your property is your biggest investment, and you need to look after the home structure interior and exterior in addition to your property landscaping and hardscaped surfaces. Selecting the right pavement for your property is going to give you the dust and mud control for your vehicles and other outside activities, and help you stay within your installation and maintenance budgets. Here are some yard landscaping and hardscaping updates you can make to your property to improve its use and efficiency.
Add the Right Paving
Pavement around and in front of your property will provide stability and dust control for your vehicles and outdoor work and makes your yard look improved and attractive. By selecting an asphalt pavement for your driveway and parking area, you can provide the surface you need at an affordable cost. Asphalt installation is something you can budget more easily than concrete due to its lower price and it has several benefits.
Asphalt will soften under the sun's rays, which helps it to stay a flexible surface to avoid excessive cracking. Then, because its black color absorbs the sun's rays, it helps melt the winter snow and ice. If you need to use an ice melt chemical, you don't need to worry about it getting damaged as a result. When you take care of your asphalt with proper maintenance you can expect it to last up to 20 years.
Follow Maintenance Recommendations
Once your asphalt pavement has been installed, you need to keep up its condition with regular maintenance. Based on your climate and weather, your asphalt professional can recommend a good schedule to keep up its quality and appearance, which in turn will give you longer and more lasting surface protection.
If you live in a cold northern climate, you should look at applying a protective sealcoating every three to five years. In between those applications, fill any cracks with emulsion and hot mix repair to keep the cracks from expanding with vegetation growth and freeze-thaw damage. Each spring, spend some time and clean out cracks, small and large, so you can fill them to prevent further surface damage, such as potholes.
Use Sun Shading Methods
Once you have your paving selected and installed, there are some steps you can take to minimize the sun's exposure on your pavement. Doing so will lower the radiant heat that comes from its surface. You could also plant vegetation and trees that provide shade over the pavement during the afternoon and early evening. However, be careful you don't plant large trees too close to the pavement, as their roots can grow toward the surface of the soil and damage the pavement.
For more information, contact asphalt paving services such as ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co.