Is your driveway damaged ?
We all witnessed the amound of ice and snow that we had the past winter. How much salt or snow melter did you have to dump onto your driveway? Lots. If you had maintained the asphalt before the cold season came, that was a smart step you took. If you have not, you might have had a bad surprise after it all melted: cracks or, even worse, potholes all over. The truth is that maintenance is dozens times cheaper than reconstruction.
No doubt you'd better seal your driveway before next winter comes!
Not only will the weather damage your pavement, but other factors as shrinkage, tree roots, chemicals, etc. (as the picture on left shows). As Thomas and Patrick McDonald said on their recent book Guide to Pavement Maintenance "Environmental factors can adversely affect the life of pavement but do not cause major deterioration or rehabilitation costs. However, if the enviromental deterioration is not prevented or reduced by maintenance, structural damage can occur. Structural deterioration is very costly and, if not repaired, will ultimately require reconstruction."(iUniverse, 2010, p.xviii).