Asphalt driveways can be a beautiful accent for a home, especially one that has been listed for sale. A long, gleaming ribbon of black leading gracefully to the house or garage, with a smooth surface that prospective buyers will find themselves wanting to explore.
Unfortunately, asphalt driveways that have been neglected or poorly maintained may actually steer prospective buyers away from the home, instead of drawing them in. If you are a homeowner who is planning to sell a home soon or has already listed it for sale, the following tips can help you make sure that your asphalt driveway is always ready to draw buyers in, instead of driving them away.
The puddle issue
Asphalt driveways that are aging or those that are located in areas with substantial shifts in soil temperature or moisture content can begin to show depressed areas, where water puddles during a rain or thaw. Left unattended, these sunken areas will eventually form large potholes with ragged, sharp edges and depths capable of damaging any vehicles that hit them.
To avoid this type of future problems and keep the driveway looking smooth and attractive, homeowners can try filling the low spots with an asphalt patching mixture. When doing this type of repair, it is important that homeowners fill the spot generously with the patching material and then carefully tamp and smooth it out. Since the patched area will continue to settle for some time after the repair, it will usually be necessary to add more patching material as needed, until the area now longer shifts and settles.
Cracks and crevices
Another type of common asphalt driveway damage that can be unsightly when attempting to sell a home is the web of small cracks and crevices that can form. These can be caused by insufficient preparation of the soil before laying the asphalt, as well as mixing or application issues.
To repair cracks and crevices, homeowners can use small amounts of asphalt patching material or substances like tar or bonding mixtures that will fill and seal the cracks. Like potholes and sunken areas, repairing cracks and crevices in aging asphalt surfaces can be an ongoing project, especially if the asphalt surface is older or has been poorly maintained.
Homeowners who want to avoid numerous repairs to an aging asphalt driveway, especially those who are planning to sell their home, may want to consider having the old asphalt removed and a new layer of asphalt applied. To determine which option will be best for your situation, homeowners are advised to contact a reputable asphalt paving contractor in their area and ask them to examine the current surface and offer an expert opinion.