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Causes for Driveway Deterioration

The most popular type of driveway installed by homeowners or contractors is an asphalt driveway. Asphalt driveways are considered some of the lowest cost options and also have a considerable lifetime. Although aspahlt driveways can last for decades, at some point the asphalt will start to deteriorate especially if not installed properly. Here are some of the causes for asphalt driveway deterioration.

  • Water - Does your driveway see a lot of rain or snow? If so, expect a faster deterioration of your driveway since water washes out the base under the asphalt causing cracks in the driveway.
  • Sunlight - Sunlight causes oxidation, which dries out the asphalt and causes cracks. Sunnier and wet states often require earlier repair or replacement of asphalt driveways.
  • Improper Paving - If the paving contractor did not properly prep the driveway area before laying down the asphalt then there might be some serious deterioration earlier on in the life of the driveway. Some common mistakes include unleveled areas, poor grade of asphalt, compaction, reflection, and thickness of the asphalt.

It's very important to consult with a professional driveway paving company so that proper installation, resurfacing, or sealing can be conducted. Asphalt paving is not something that people typically DIY so be sure to check references of all contractors before hiring.

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