As a homeowner, you want to keep your yard and property maintained with paving and appropriately installed landscaping. When you use asphalt paving in your yard, be sure to know and follow some recommendations for improving the paving and its effects on your property. Here are some updates you can make to your yard's asphalt paving to improve how it looks, lasts, and reduces the occurrence of urban heat island effect.
Add a Reflective Coating
The surface of your asphalt pavement is naturally black in color, as it is made from a mixture of aggregate and petroleum-based tar emulsion. This combination of materials makes your pavement durable and flexible to withstand the weather and heavy traffic, but it can also make it absorb a great deal of the sun's radiation during the day.
Unfortunately, if you live in a tropical or southern climate, the sun's heat absorbed into your pavement can radiate heat upward and increase the temperature of the space, whether it is in your front or side yard. Your black pavement will also continue to radiate heat long after the sun has set, continuing to heat the areas above it and causing your home's interior to warm up as well.
Fortunately, there is a surface solar-reflective treatment you can paint onto your pavement to change its color to a more sun radiation-reflective color, such as white or green. This application is long-lasting and will protect your pavement's surface from oxidation and drying out from the sun, in addition to keeping your yard and home cooler and more energy-efficient during times of heat.
Install Concrete Edging
If you are installing new asphalt paving on an unimproved section of your yard, you should make sure to install it with the appropriate edging. Installing asphalt paving onto dirt or gravel without side support will result in your asphalt crumbling and cracking inward and reducing its surface coverage.
Be sure to pour concrete supportive edging to keep the asphalt's sides intact and supported laterally. When a vehicle crosses your pavement, its weight can push the asphalt outward along its edges and cause failure. Concrete edging provides the strength the edges need to stay immobile.
Keep it Maintained
Last, you should keep the surface of your asphalt in good repair with regular inspections and maintenance. If you find cracks forming in your asphalt's surface, clean them of debris and patch them using a liquid or cold mixture asphalt filler.
If you have not protected your asphalt with a reflective coating, you should apply a protective sealcoating to its surface every few years. This seals its surface and restores the oil and moisture onto your pavement to prevent its drying out from the effects of the sun and weather.
For more information about the care and maintenance of paved areas in your yard, contact companies like New England Paving.