When you first have your driveway paved by a company like St Boniface Landscaping & Pavingstone Pavingstone Patios, it looks so new and fresh that you barely want to walk on it. Don't you wish you could keep it looking that way forever? Unfortunately, no matter what you do, your paved driveway will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. However, there are a few things you can do to keep it looking like new for a longer period of time:
Make sure the edges are supported.
The edges of a paved driveway are likely to start cracking and crumbling first if they are not supported. Some paving professionals will push dirt up to the edge of your driveway for you to lend this support, while others will leave you to take care of this task. Have a load of topsoil delivered (or purchase a few bags if you have a small driveway), and spread them out along the edge of the drive so that the asphalt is no longer sitting above the surface of the ground. Pack the soil down well, and then seed it. This added soil will help support the edges and prevent cracking.
Don't use salt.
During the winter, many people scatter salt on their driveways to melt the ice. However, the salt will increase the deterioration rate of your asphalt. Instead of using salt, invest in a driveway-safe melting solution. Many of these products come in a liquid form, can be sprayed on the asphalt before the snow even starts falling, and will work for a few weeks before they need to be reapplied.
Park in different spots every time.
If you always park in the same area of your driveway, that area will become worn before the rest of the driveway. You can thus extend the life of your driveway by always parking in a slightly different spot, at least when the driveway is still new and pristine-looking.
Have friends with heavy trucks park on the street.
If you have a friend with a very heavy vehicle visit, or if you rent a moving truck for some reason, make sure that vehicle is parked on the street. The excess weight may cause the driveway to start cracking prematurely. This is most important when the driveway is just a few weeks old and is still curing. Once it has reached a few months in age, you should be able to park heavier vehicles on it without worrying.