The summer heat is fast approaching! Luckily for us up here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t have the same type of scorching summer sun and heat that other parts of the country suffer from, but we still must be wary of how the heat affects our driveways. Today, we are providing you with our top summer heat driveway protection tips.
Why Does Summer Heat Matter?
Have you ever stood outside in a black shirt during summer and felt like you were about to melt like a popsicle? It was due to the simple process of heat absorption. Just like you, your driveway absorbs heat. While this isn’t an issue throughout most of the year, the sustained summer heat can force the core temperature of the driveway to rise to the point where it creates soft spots on the driveway. If you were to drive over or park on that soft spot, it might make a divot or other problem.
Summer Heat Driveway Protection Tips
Sealcoat Your Driveway
Sealcoating is essentially a thin extra layer of protection that slows down the damage of human and environmental elements, from wear and tear from cars to sleet and summer heat from Mother Nature. While sealcoating should be a part of your regular maintenance schedule, here is your reminder in case you forgot! Keep in mind that summertime is one of the best times to perform a sealcoating service, as the summer heat allows the seal coat to penetrate deeper into the surface and bond better.
Switch Up Parking Spots
Do you park in the same spot every day? Humans are creatures of habit, but you may want to consider mixing it up in the summer if possible. By parking in the same spot every day, especially if your driveway is suffering from soft spots, you may create a permanent tire rut in the driveway.
Additionally, any heavy items placed on the driveway during the summer may cause the same effect, such as basketball hoops, equipment, parking signs, etc.
Get a Driveway Inspection
If your driveway looks like it is getting old or it is suffering from cracks, dents, potholes, or other problems, we recommend getting a driveway inspection. Not only will your driveway inspector identify where your driveway is lacking, but they will also provide a list of solutions to get your driveway back into tip-top shape.
Remember, for a driveway to reach its fullest longevity, it needs proper maintenance. If you are unwilling or unable to perform DIY driveway maintenance, we recommend speaking with a professional. Simple maintenance can add years of life to your driveway, saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Signature Paving – Get a Driveway Inspection
If you are interested in obtaining a driveway inspection, please book a consultation with us today. We would love to help you create a healthy and safe driveway that lasts for years to come. For more information about us, please visit our website.