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Protecting your asphalt driveway

Paving is a popular way for homeowners to create attractive outdoor patios and driveways. They are usually one of the first things people notice when coming to your home. There are different types of driveway paving options available like concrete, asphalt, gravel and block paving. Each one of these has benefits and depending upon the your own requirements / property, you can opt for the one of your choosing. Asphalt is an affordable, safe and attractive surface for paving your driveway, and has several advantages:

  • It will not flake like concrete and is much less likely to crack.
  • Cracks in the asphalt driveway can easily be fixed.
  • Asphalt can be recycled and reused, so it is Eco friendly.
  • Replacing an asphalt pavement can be an expensive and time consuming task. Over time, most driveways begin to crack, showing signs of wear and tear where the material becomes worn. By using good maintenance principles, one can double its life span and save £££’s. Here are some maintenance tips that will help prevent water damage to your asphalt:

    Seal coating
    This is one of the most popular methods to protect asphalt from sun wear, snow or fluids. It acts as a “barrier coat” between asphalt surface and destructive elements. When asphalt is exposed to sun or water the asphalt hardens and pavement become more brittle. As a result of this it will crack when exposed to traffic and temperature changes. A seal coat combats this situation by providing a waterproof membrane to slow the oxidation process. Moreover, a sealcoat increases the pavement resistance and increases the surface friction properties. We would recommend sealing your asphalt once every three to five years, depending on its use and condition.

    Crack filling
    Once cracks have formed in the driveway, they create a way in for water which weakens the base. Water softens the surface which also leads to more cracks. Filling Asphalt Cracks in your asphalt driveway is an important part of extending the life of your asphalt surface. A popular product is a Rubberized Asphalt Crack Filler. This product comes in a ready to use cold formula as well as a Hot melted version. Another reason you should fill the cracks in your asphalt is vegetation. As the roots on vegetation get bigger, the plant root can actually push the pavement up and create even more damage.

    If you are thinking of improving your drive or would like to create an area in front of your house suitable for more cars, there are many factors to consider. Our designers can help you through the maze so contact us now for a free quotation.
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    When should I replace my flat roof?

    A flat roof is different from pitched roofs. They give a modern, minimalist feel to your home and if built properly, their composition prevents water coming into the home.

    If you have a flat roof and are wondering when you should you replace it, these points may help:

    • If made from GRP, the chances are that it will last for over 20 years.
    • If it is made from traditional materials like, Asphalt or felt, then it is more likely that you will need to inspect and maintain it properly. Even with regular upkeep, you will need to replace your roof more quickly than GRP.

    Here are some basic things to look out for to see if your roof needs replacing. (Always seek professional help).

    Before winter
    There is nothing worse than winter arriving and you notice your flat roof has problems. During autumn some flat roofs can be damaged and it is a good idea to inspect your roof regularly to prevent emergency work. Winter gives us the most damaging weather your roof will have to endure, so if your current flat roof won’t withstand upcoming conditions, its time to ask the professionals for a replacement quote.

    Large rips and tears in the material
    Tears and holes can lead to more serious and expensive problems further down the line. If the damage is slight, a repair may suffice but on the other hand if more extensive a replacement would be advised.

    The cost of constant maintenance on a roof can become expensive when you factor in both labour and materials. So if your roof is in need of regular repair work the money is better used towards a new roof.

    Extensive pooling of water
    This is a tell tale sign that a flat roof may be in need of attention, those pools of water should drain away or problems may occur. A Roof slope can be used to add a pitch to your roof which can eliminate the problem of roof pools or alternatively different materials.

    If you have any questions, or if you are interested in flat roof replacement, please feel free to contact us.