Tips To Protect Your Driveway In A Wet Climate

Construction & Contractors Blog

When installing a new driveway, asphalt is a natural choice because it is cost effective and durable. It can last a long time, especially if it is well maintained. If you live in an exceptionally rainy or wet climate, though, there are some special considerations to keep in mind to ensure your new asphalt driveway remains looking good for as long as possible. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Avoid dips and low spots

Water collecting on the surface of the asphalt is the one thing that is most likely to lead to damage. This can usually be avoided if you make sure the surface remains level. Low spots can sometimes develop if the base sinks as it settles. Water will then collect in the low spot, where it can lead to the formation of pot holes. This is especially a problem if the water freezes and expands, thus cracking the asphalt. Have low spots filled in to prevent this issue.

Tip #2: Fill cracks promptly

Small cracks may not seem like a big deal, but they are one of the first steps in eroding your driveway. Cracks can form for a variety of reasons, such as the age of your asphalt or the shifting of the soil beneath. Water collects in the cracks and eventually causes them to expand, which can lead to damage quickly in a wet climate. This is especially true in areas with freezing weather, but it can happen anywhere. Having the cracks professionally filled will add years onto the life of the driveway.

Tip #3: Consider your drainage needs

Sinking or standing water on the driveway may not be the direct result of a low spot, but simply because there is nowhere for the water to go. If rain is a regular occurrence, having a drain installed at the lowest point of the driveway can solve the problem. This can be a central floor drain or a long trough drain that cuts completely across the drive.

Tip #4: Get a coating

Finally, help seal your asphalt against the constant onslaught of moisture. Sealcoating places a protective layer of your driveway, which helps make it moisture proof. How often you have it done varies, but generally in a wet climate you may want to consider it every two to three years for a lightly used home driveway.

For more help, contact an asphalt company in your area like A Thru Z Construction.


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