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Dan's Construction and Repair Blog

Hello! My name is Dan and this is my construction and repair blog. I don't work in the industry myself, I have recently used a lot of different contractors during the construction of my home. Construction contractors used machinery to dig and lay the foundations for my home before the walls and trusses where installed. A roofing company installed a metal roof and contractors installed plumbing and electrical utilities. I was very impressed with the results and I learnt lots of cool things during the completion of this project. This blog contains information which will be useful to other people who plan to work with construction contractors.

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Does Your Driveway Need Bitumen Spray Sealing?

How do you access your property? You might have to cross a field or walk down a dirt track, but for most people, access to their property will be across their front yard or garden, and that will require a driveway of some sort. You could leave the front of your property as bare mud, but that can quickly become unpleasant for everyone. Not only would you be tracking dirt into your property every time you enter the property, but in wet conditions, you will be sliding across the mud and probably getting wet feet if puddles form in the mud. It is far better to install a proper driveway, and the best way of doing that is by using bitumen.

Why choose a bitumen driveway?

There are lots of materials you could use for a driveway. You could opt for gravel or concrete, but these require regular maintenance to ensure that they remain in good condition. Bitumen is a relatively cheap, low-maintenance alternative as long as you have bitumen spray sealing completed when the driveway is finished and the sealing is repeated from time to time if needed. Sealed bitumen driveways are resilient to wear and incredibly durable. They have the further advantage that in the unlikely event that part of the driveway does become damaged, you can repair the damaged section without needing to replace the entire driveway.

What happens if you forget bitumen spray sealing?

Bitumen can create a naturally strong surface. However, without bitumen spray sealing, it is susceptible to damage. Bitumen spray sealing creates a waterproof layer over the bitumen so that water can't enter the surface and cause deterioration. Without the waterproof seal, the bitumen surface can quickly become uneven and fail. Keeping rainwater and any other liquid contamination out of the driveway is the most effective way of keeping it in good condition for an extended period.

Do you know what type of bitumen spray sealing is best?

Not every driveway will be used identically. Some driveways will be primarily intended for pedestrians. Some driveways will have vehicles travelling at speed, while others will see only light traffic. When you speak to the bitumen spray sealing company, see if they can create a sealing solution that is suited to your situation. All bitumen spray sealing will be waterproof, but by coating the bitumen binder with aggregate, you can create a skid-resistant surface that will protect both vehicles and pedestrians in poor weather conditions. If you suspect that the driveway will see heavy traffic, why not ask the bitumen spray sealing company to make additional spray applications? Further applications will strengthen the surface and provide additional protection?