Here are 10 tips on how to maintain your interlocking brick pattern or asphalt:
- Keep the driveway free of any solvents or shore piling of rocks or granular materials for extended periods of time.
- With block paving, it’s important just to keep it clean and occasionally top up the jointing using kiln dried sand
- In the winter, tarmac is just as susceptible to damage as it is in the summer. Try to clean it twice yearly, once in winter, once in summer. Remove algae and moss from it
- Don’t skid or brake constantly on your tarmac or block paving. It will leave marks and ravel the tarmac eventually on it
- With tarmac, don’t use a pressure washer on it. Try to soft wash it down to keep it from unraveling
- If you choose to re-seal your driveway, re-seal it every 1-3 years
- Keep grass clippings off your driveway by sweeping after every time you mow your lawn. The seeds in the clippings can find their way into tiny cracks in your tarmac or paving and sprout grass. Not only is it an eyesore, it can make the cracks even larger.
- As soon as you see any weeds growing in a crack or hole in your driveway, spray it with environmentally-safe weed killer or vinegar so the crack doesn’t get larger.
- Clean up any substance from your tarmac driveway as soon as possible
- Fill in any cracks or holes you may have in your driveway with an tarmac crack-filler.
There are several factors working against your driveway: heat, cold, sun, oils and everyday wear and tear. Over time, these will slowly deteriorate your driveway. Following these tips can help prevent your driveway from feeling like an off-road excursion.If you live in Cork, we recommend getting the right company to assess your driveway if you feel its starting to break down. Call a recommended contractor like Ideal Drives and Patios for a free quote.