Your driveway serves as a significant portion of your home's exterior, and for that reason, you will want to ensure it remains in solid condition for many years to come. While some small cracks may develop over time due to general wear and tear, these fissures shouldn't cause serious concern. However, if you begin to notice that your driveway is becoming overwhelmed with significantly sized cracks and/or holes, then you should start to become concerned with its appearance and its structural ability. There are several reasons why your driveway may begin to deteriorate prematurely. Here are four of them.

Improperly Installed Foundation

Sadly, all asphalt contractors do not provide the same high level of quality installation and repair service. As a result, your driveway foundation may be installed improperly, leading to it being unable to successfully hold up to the elements, heavy loads, etc. that may impact surfaces regularly. Generally, an improper installation involves the use of wrong techniques or materials.

Tree Root Growth

If tree roots start to grow underneath the asphalt driveway, the roots will put a significant amount of pressure on the foundation. Eventually, the pressure will cause the foundation to crack. If a new driveway is being installed, make sure that you consider which direction the tree roots are growing. In addition, you should consider installing a root barrier system on each side of the driveway, as this will help keep the roots from growing beneath the driveway and causing a structural issue.

Excessive Weight

While asphalt is durable and is designed so that your vehicle can be driven back and forth on it each day, excessive weight can eventually take its toll on the surface. To avoid significant cracking on the asphalt surface, try not to park your vehicle in the same place every day and don't leave anything heavy like an RV parked in the same place for an extended period of time.

Using Salt to Melt Away Ice

After a snowfall, it isn't uncommon to use salt on the driveway to help melt the ice so that traction can be regained. However, there is one problem with this: it adds moisture to the surface to be absorbed into the asphalt pavement where it refreezes and expands. This repeated cycle can cause unsightly cracks in the surface. It is better to use sand instead of salt, as it won't cause damage to the asphalt surface.

For more information, get in touch with an asphalt paving service like Phend & Brown in your area.