Asphalt is one of the most common alternatives homeowners use for their driveways. It is typically more cost friendly as compared to concrete, and is rather easy to install. However, when the pavement is brand new, some simple steps can help keep your new pavement looking new for years to come, whether this be a regular asphalt driveway, or a decorative stamped asphalt driveway.
Have you looked at the edges of your asphalt driveway and seen cracks, crumbling, and break off? And wondered why this is happening, since you just recently had this driveway put in? Well this is a common result of not backfilling your driveway.
With any driveway install, the edges are typically weaker than the middle of the pavement, because there is a lack of support on the side. As a result, when you drive your car too close to the edge…or maybe even over the edge, that lack of support causes cracking and crumbling.
However, there is a simple step you can take to help prevent this potential issue…Backfilling! We suggest backfilling the edges of your asphalt driveway and also stamped asphalt driveway with topsoil for added support. This is also enhances the aesthetics of your driveway. Pack topsoil in the area between the driveway and the grass. You can also plant grass seed in the soil; as the grass grows in you will have a driveway that meets right up to the landscaping. Backfilling provides support on edges giving weight bearing support to vehicles that might accidentally drive off the edge; thus helping to prevent crack, crumble and break off. This is also very important in your stamped asphalt driveway as well.
See the difference in appearance with a driveway that has been backfilled.