Summer is finally upon us here up in northern Alberta – and we are always glad for it! People are spending more and more time outside, and some of that time isn’t simply for leisure! We all devote a portion of our time taking care of our homes and yards – and your asphalt driveway shouldn’t be any different! Let’s review a few simple tips that will extend the look – and life – of yours!

1. Seal cracks and repair holes as soon as you can. Have a look over your driveway now

that the good weather is here, and see what needs doing. Cracks can appear over the spring as the ground thaws and shifts, even if you had some filled in the fall. If you are a DIY’er, you can purchase sealant at the hardware store, just be sure to follow the directions carefully, and watch the weather to make sure you have adequate weather to let the sealant cure. You can always call professionals who will come and do the job for you as well. Holes can be repaired without having to tear out the whole driveway, just get them while they’re small and before they grow into a problem. Doing a full seal-coat over the entire surface is recommended every 2-5 years depending on the wear and tear of your asphalt space.

2. Don’t work with heavy machinery in high heat on your asphalt. If you can avoid parking heavy vehicles or machinery on the driveway during high heat, you’ll help to prevent ruts from forming. Asphalt is weakest when hot and can shift and separate when under stress.

3. Water your asphalt! We’re not kidding here. Have a kid’s pool to empty? What about those coolers after being at the lake? Feel free to empty them over your driveway, as this will cool your asphalt and strengthen it. We aren't talking "regular watering", just when the temperature is higher than the usual summer heat, watering to cool it helps. Some people take specific time to water it, and others will let the sprinkler reach their driveways as they water the lawn. Of course, always be aware of any water restrictions in your area, and water accordingly.

4. Keep it clean. At least in the spring and in the fall take the time to scrub down your driveway using a broom and some water. This helps keep debris from getting into tiny cracks and making them worse. Cleaning up spills that can come from vehicle maintenance, or faulty parts is a good idea, as fuel and oils can breakdown the make-up of the asphalt and cause damage.

When in doubt, or simply need an opinion on what to do, or can be done, give us a call and we'll be happy to help you keep your asphalt driveway looking its best!

Asphalt repairs are necessary to extend the life of your surface before it begins to wear and break down as it is repeatedly exposed to elements such as water, sunlight and chemicals.

Two primary reasons why your parking lot should always be in good condition:

First, keeping your parking lot in good condition for both vehicle traffic and foot traffic is important to the aesthetics of your business. A clean, well maintained parking lot makes a good impression on those who visit your business. Good upkeep of the physical appearance, including parking lot repairs sets the stage for everything else.

The second reason to make sure repairing asphalt is a priority is a legal one. Any personal injury accidents such as a trip-and-fall or damage to a vehicle might be grounds for a lawsuit. If a pothole or other asphalt hazard leads to an injury, the owner and management company can be held financially responsible for substandard pavement conditions. However, the opposite can hold true as well – if you can demonstrate that attention to timely asphalt repairs has been done, this can help your defense against any such lawsuits.

As the pavement ages, the more likely you will be faced with repairing asphalt in your parking lot. Surface breaks of any kind allow moisture below the surface, where it undermines the integrity of the pavement. The liquid asphalt that binds the materials together begins to lose its natural resistance to water, allowing it to penetrate beneath the surface. Once this occurs the pavement can quickly fall prey to several different types of deterioration including cracks and potholes. Asphalt repairs and prevention will increase the longevity of any asphalt surface. Sealing asphalt cracks can also be beneficial.

Avoid Costly Replacement

Before you experience a costly asphalt replacement, have an experienced asphalt contractor walk your parking area and make an assessment. Keeping up with regular parking lot maintenance, sealcoating, and filling potholes can help avert costly damage and repairs.

Whether you are a facility manager for a hospital, shopping center, grocery store, apartment complex, school, big box store, arena, or other venue, asphalt repairs should be part of your parking lot maintenance plan. It just takes minutes to have a professional paving contractor walk your parking area and make recommendations – those minutes can sometimes save you thousands.

Updated: Apr 6

As a proud homeowner, when putting your home up for sale, or trying to do the most you can to get the market value up, you should take into consideration having asphalt paving done to your driveway. It increases the curb appeal, therefore adding worth. Asphalt paving is affordable, long-lasting, and can be done quickly to draw additional interest from potential buyers.

Asphalt Paving Increases Curb Appeal

Take a drive through your neighborhood. Are most of the driveways paved and yours isn't? Are all the other driveways gravel, but you're looking for a way to make your home stand out? Then asphalt paving is one affordable way to solve either of those concerns.

A cracked, worn down, or chipped driveway is going to scare potential buyers away from your property. Additionally, if you have a gravel or dirt driveway currently, people will view that as a weak spot. It opens a door where they can bargain to get a lower price on your property if you have it for sale. Asphalt does well in colder climates since the materials are able to flex with the freezing and thawing making your asphalt less likely to crack. It is also more porous in nature, so water can drain through it more easily.

If most of the homes in your area have gravel or dirt driveways and you take the time to have an asphalt paving done, your property is instantly going stand out from the rest. People will give your home a greater value if it looks nicer than the others around it. If most of the driveways around you are already paved, you could schedule a resurfacing or a seal coating if you plan to put your home on the market. When potential buyers see that your home isn't quite up to the same standards as the rest on the block, they will try and get a lower price.

Why an Asphalt Driveway is Your Best Option

You might be wondering what the difference is between concrete vs. asphalt. Concrete was traditionally used to pave driveways, but more and more people are turning to the more affordable asphalt option.

One reason that people like asphalt driveways instead of concrete going beyond the price is because it's a more flexible material. With the environment constantly changing, you want your driveway to be able to move with it to avoid cracks, chips, and the need for asphalt repairs. As long as the asphalt paving is done the way it's supposed to be, it can last for up to 30 years before a new asphalt driveway installation is necessary.

Asphalt driveways are a different color than concrete too. That means when fuel, oil, dirt, and other debris lands on it, you won't necessarily be able to see the stain as easily. You won't have to do as much cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking like new.

For us here in the Peace Country, where there is snow and ice in the winter months a big benefit is the fact that it melts faster off asphalt driveways than it does from concrete. Think of all the time you will save in the morning by having an asphalt driveway that's started clearing the unwanted precipitation on its own before you even get out of bed! You can also use salt during the winter on asphalt as it isn’t affected by it like concrete is.

Repairing Existing Asphalt Driveways Before the Sale

When you are ready to put your home on the market, if you have an existing asphalt driveway, it's highly recommended that you do the asphalt repairs first. One thing that is nice about using asphalt to pave your surfaces is that you can do a crack fill, chip seal, or sealcoating to repair minor issues. With concrete, cobblestone, or brick driveways, you can't just put a patch on the problem and call it good. You have to do significant renovations to make sure that everything matches up and looks like it should.

Asphalt professionals have the methods, tools, and equipment to come in and carefully fill in small cracks and chips to preserve your existing surfaces. When visitors come to explore your property that's for sale, or even if you have guests over for a dinner party, they will notice. You will hear comments about how you've taken the time and put the attention into ensuring your home's exterior is maintained correctly.

It doesn't matter if you're planning on selling your home soon, or if your goal is to stay there for the rest of your life. As someone that's put the time, energy, and resources into the property that you have, you want it to be the best it can be. Scheduling an asphalt paving, crack fill, or even an asphalt sealcoating of your existing asphalt driveway will make all the difference in the overall look of your property.