driveway drainage solutions

Why Consider Driveway Drainage Solutions?

Are you tired of finding puddles on your driveway after rainfall or snow melting? Does your yard get muddy and fails to soak up water? Has your garage or basement flooded? In New York and other Northeast states we experience heavy rain and snow during Winter and Spring seasons. Consider the following driveway drainage solutions, if you’d like to protect your property investment long-term.

It’s common to find homeowners complaining about these issues. Fortunately, there are multiple solutions to such problems, some more sustainable than others.

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Protect your family and business with a safe driveway.

Driveway Puddles

Most commonly, improperly installed driveways show sings of sunken areas and weak points. Also, driveways that do not receive proper maintenance and care can also result in heavy surface cracks and potholes. Specifically areas that encounter freeze-thaw cycles without driveway drainage suffer the most. This is because frozen water in surface cracks, potholes, and sunken areas expand; creating further damage to the driveway surface.

Recommended Drainage Solution:

Generally, if the sunken driveway area is minor professionals can correct it by filling it and installing small drainage systems to channel water towards a safe zone. Otherwise, a seriously sunken driveway area will require pavement striping. After damaged driveway removal, we recommend a professional new installation that includes an effective driveway drainage system.

Yard Standing Water

If you have a sloped driveway or an ineffective drainage system is set up, with heavy rainfall the water may be directed to a lower area of your yard. Most of the time these areas, if not designed to sustain heavy waterfall, can accumulate standing water and develop humidity. Also, in severe cases grass areas are killed and mosquitos, among other pests, may be the result. By this point, you should be concerned about the detrimental health effects.

Recommended Drainage Solution:

You should know there are a variety of yard surface drainage solutions that can help you mend this issue. To protect your property investment and have long-term peace of mind, our team suggests using the best materials and advanced techniques. One possible solution would be to install stormwater drainage solutions into your landscape, which requires a well designed plan to effectively direct the water into a safe zone. Another solution and the one we recommend, as it provides long-term benefits, is to regrade your driveway surface to channel the heave waterfall into a safe zone away from your yard.

Home Interior Flooding

In mountainous regions, it is very common to find homes with a sloped driveway towards the garage or living area. This design prones to many issues to the foundational structures of homes if the current drainage solutions are not effective. Rainfall and snowfall can aggravate water penetration to basements or other interiors such as garages. When these challenges are present, the negatives effects include loss of property value, furniture damage, and health hazards to name a few.

Recommended Drainage Solution:

In this case, to ensure the prevention of interior flooding a driveway drainage solution installed at a high point of your driveway surface is the best option. This type of drainage system should be installed precisely by a professional in order to channel the water away from the home. Effective water flow is the key to any driveway drainage solution you consider installing. Once again, we recommend you use the best materials and hire a professional with extensive experience.

The Benefits Outweigh The Cons

Considering there are no severe weather conditions, driveway drainage solutions may be installed almost at any time of the year. Being proactive about the protection of your home from water damage can save you lots of money long-term. Above you potential options, but always be considerate that a professional evaluation and installation is the smart way to go.

Below is a list of other areas where you can also consider water drainage solutions:

  • Walkway areas
  • Parking lots
  • Golf courses
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Gardens and playgrounds
  • Pool decks and patios

Our home care specialists are available to answer any of your questions regarding your driveway drainage needs.

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Allow us to help you assess and solve your driveway drainage challenges.

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Driveway Sealing Preparation

How To Prepare Your Asphalt Driveway Or Parking For Sealcoating

Would you ever go outside without protection during a heat wave, blizzard, or tropical storm? You possibly wouldn’t go out at all, and if you did you will most likely be precautious. Your asphalt driveway or parking lot must not withstand extreme weather conditions without protection. A great asphalt driveway protection solution is sealcoating, as it reduces your surface deterioration and increases life-time.

Learn about the benefits of asphalt driveway sealing. Make protecting your asphalt investment a priority. Save the time, energy, and money used in repairs.

Why Is Sealcoating Your Driveway Important?

Most people sealcoat asphalt driveways or parking lots to prevent damaging effects caused by natural elements and car pollutants. When vulnerable to the sun, water and natural elements, your asphalt surface oxidizes and hardens. Resulting in an asphalt driveway or parking lot that is brittle and potential to crackling or potholes. Professional asphalt sealcoating helps protect asphalt driveways or parking areas; decreasing the chances of water penetration and other harmful elements such as car pollutants.

Asphalt sealing also provides aesthetic benefits to your asphalt driveway or parking lot. The asphalt surface will have a fresh look and even feel. Sealcoating saves you lots of money and energy, otherwise spent in repairs, and ensures healthy asphalt surfaces for years.

Prepare Your Asphalt Surface For Sealing

The following list includes general action items asphalt care professionals follow before asphalt driveway or parking lot sealcoating:

Asphalt Driveway Care
Clean Surface Before Asphalt Sealcoating
  1. Assess driveway or parking lot. Any professional contractor will ask to assess your asphalt surface as the first step towards sealcoating. If your asphalt surface was installed within the past 18-24 months, you do not need sealcoating. During the assessment you are searching for cracks, potholes, oil stains and other signs of deterioration that need instant repairing.
  2. Clear the area. The next step is to clean the asphalt area thoroughly of debris, so that the priming and sealcoating is effective. This is important as it will prevent any missed cracks or potholes that need covering.
  3. Locate cracks and potholes in need of repair. Any area that needs repairing must be identified in your asphalt driveway or parking lot. This process is thorough. Professional asphalt contractors have an eye for locating these quick, as well as differentiating cracks, divots, and depressions. 
  4. Evaluate weather conditions. Sealcoat application must be done at an asphalt pavement temperature of at least 50 degrees. The air temperature must be above 50 degrees. For best results have your contractor follow these metrics, as other variables decrease the integrity of asphalt driveway sealcoating application.
  5. Remove oil spots and prime asphalt surface.  Understand that oil stains on asphalt also decrease the effectiveness of your asphalt sealcoating service. All stains must be removed prior to applying a primer layer on the asphalt surface.

Asphalt Sealing

Generally, asphalt sealcoating requires multiple applications. For extended durability of your asphalt surface, have your asphalt driveway or parking lot assessed and treated every 20-36 months. Remember sealcoating is providing your investment with protection and an improved aesthetic look.

Limitless Golden Construction offers high-quality asphalt paving services in Putnam and Westchester County, NY. Our seasoned experts guide you and answer any of your questions regarding your pavement needs.

Request your complimentary quote now and proactively book your spring service with us! Call Limitless Golden Construction today at 914.810.3125.

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Asphalt Driveway Winter Care

3 Things To Know Before You Use Salt On Your Asphalt Driveway

It’s important to be proactive heading into the cold and long months of winter season. Salt is the most commonly used solution on asphalt pavement post snowfall and blizzards. You should know the following before applying it on your asphalt driveway. Know the great benefits of deicing, as well as the impact on our environment.

1. Salt Doesn’t Damage Asphalt or Creates Potholes

Professionally installed asphalt or parking lot owners should not worry about pavement damage by salt usage. This is because hot-mix asphalt surfaces are composed of petroleum, stones and sand. Generally speaking a professional asphalt pavement installation is designed to sustain the harsh freeze and thaw cycles of the winter season. Therefore, salt and other deicing solutions do not affect your driveway or parking lot.

Understand that potholes are not the direct result of salt application on your driveway. You should beware of crackling on your asphalt surface and be proactive by sealing before it’s too late. Potholes develop when water penetrates exposed cracks in your asphalt driveway; followed by the freeze-thaw cycles which expand and contract water developing bigger cracks that transform into potholes. In addition the constant weight bearing of the asphalt surface from cars and trucks directly affects the weaker paved areas. Follow with professional snow removal and plowing to avoid salt usage from aggravating driveway pavement or parking lot during the freeze-thaw cycles.

2. Salt Does Damage Concrete

The majority of potholes and road cracks occur on concrete paved surfaces. This is because salt does cause direct damage to concrete, due to its acidic nature. Also, the freezing process of concrete is faster than most other surfaces, which also requires more salting solution to deice. Understand these facts as significant insights when applying salt on your driveway or parking lot. Understanding the differences between asphalt driveway surfaces and concrete pavement is a proactive act towards the care of your investment.

asphalt damage vs. concrete damage
The freezing process of concrete is faster than most other surfaces, which also requires more salting solution to deice.

3. Salt Hurts Our Environment

Although salt makes our life more convenient and safe, preventing fatalities and accidents during the cold months of winter, we should know its environmental impact. The environmental truth of is that runoff water containing salt greatly affects plants, wildlife, and your local waterways. Prevent this by shoveling or plowing snow and then using a deicer mix with as few environmental effects as possible. After this, you should access the area for any pooling water. This may signal a potential pothole in the spring season. To protect your driveway or parking lot, book a reputable professional to fix your asphalt pavement problems before its late.

Limitless Golden Construction offers high-quality asphalt paving services in Putnam and Westchester County, NY. Our seasoned experts guide you and answer any of your questions regarding your pavement needs.

Request your complimentary quote now and proactively book your spring service with us! Call Limitless Golden Construction today at 914.810.3125.

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