If you are a homeowner, you probably don’t give much thought to your driveway until there is an issue. As long as it is doing its job, asphalt driveways are mostly forgotten. However, if you are in the market for a new driveway, either on a new home or an existing one, then you may find that you suddenly have a few questions.

We are here to help! At Black Tar, we aim to provide excellent customer service, and that means answering your pressing asphalt questions. In this article, you will find a few of the questions asked the most.

#1 How long will my driveway last?

If you hire an experienced contractor that correctly installs your asphalt driveway, it should have a lifespan lasting from about 15-20 years. There are things that you can do to keep your driveway looking great so that you hit that 20-year mark, but it will take preventative maintenance at regular intervals. Your Black Tar technician can help you create a maintenance plan to help prolong your driveway’s lifespan.

#2 Should I sealcoat my driveway?

If you want to protect your driveway from vehicle fluids, precipitation, and the damaging effects of UV rays, then you should have a sealcoat application done at regular intervals. We recommend five years on average, but there are some cases where it may need to be done more or less often.

#3 How do I prevent deterioration?

There are a few things that wreak havoc on your driveway: surface water, sunlight, and fluids leaking from your vehicle. To prevent standing water on your driveway, you need to install a proper drainage system. You can combat the other two issues with regular sealcoats.

#4 Can I repair potholes in my driveway?

If you find that potholes are starting to form in your driveway, it can be a real nuisance. They can cause damage to your vehicles, and they can be dangerous for your kids riding their bikes or pedestrians that might stroll across your drive. The groundwater contracting under your driveway causes these holes, but they can be repaired. Your driveway technician will add a customized aggregate mix after cleaning out the pothole which should get your drive back to a smooth and even form.

#5 What is porous asphalt?

Asphalt that allows water to return to the water table by draining through the driveway is porous asphalt. It is a good idea for properties that have drainage issues as it can help aid the process. Plus, it is often a greener option for property owners. Ask your Black Tar technician about the benefits of porous asphalt for more information.

Black Tar Provides for you Driveway Needs

Do you have more questions about asphalt driveways? We are happy to answer them! You can call one of our asphalt experts or use the contact page on our website. We love helping our customers get a better understanding of all that asphalt has to offer.