How to Prolong the Life of Your Driveway

The dramatic impacts of below-freezing winter temperatures and stifling hot, humid Midwest summer days are an asphalt driveway’s biggest enemy, causing cracks and holes in the pavement.

Kyle Miller, operations manager of Asphalt Maintenance Service, 6215 Commodity Ct., says filling those cracks right away and regular sealcoating are the most important maintenance procedures any homeowner can do to get the most life out of a driveway or parking lot.

“If properly maintained, a driveway can last at least 25 years,” he says. “If not maintained, that lifespan will be cut in half or less.”

He recommends sealcoating a home driveway and most commercial lots every three years and more often for heavily traveled asphalt parking lots.

Crack filling prevents the seepage of moisture from snow and rain, helping minimize the damage from freeze-thaw cycles. Sealed asphalt helps keep a clean look because rainfall washes away dirt and debris from the smooth surface.

Asphalt Maintenance Service is a complete asphalt maintenance and repair family-owned company that has served the Fort Wayne, Northeast Indiana and Western Ohio areas for more than 37 years. The company specializes in sealcoating, crack filling, line striping and patching for residential and commercial customers.

In 1980, Tom Sherwood started Asphalt Maintenance Service as the sole proprietor and employee in a 3,000- square-foot building in downtown Fort Wayne.

Rick and Laura Rohr purchased Asphalt Maintenance Service in 2004. Since then, they have grown the business to include 25 employees; 20 trucks, including four seal rigs; 15 pieces of heavy machinery equipment; and three crack repair machines. They moved into a 1600-square-foot building in an industrial park.

In 2010, their son, Brent, merged his Rohr Landscape and Excavating business with Asphalt Maintenance. Now retired, Rick and Laura still own the business and their two sons, Brent and Greg, are co-owners.

Asphalt Maintenance Service is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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