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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!

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3 Need-To-Know Asphalt Maintenance Tips

Whether you are using asphalt to cover your yard so you'll never have to mow again or using asphalt to pave your driveway, knowing how to maintain your asphalt is important. You want your asphalt to last as long as possible. Following these three guidelines can help you keep your asphalt beautiful and strong and help you recognize little problems before they become big, costly, and time-consuming. 

Schedule Inspections Now

Pick one day each month to inspect your asphalt. Take inventory of any cracks, holes, warping, or other abnormalities that could be signs of there being a problem with your asphalt. Problems can occur when the ground beneath the asphalt is not properly prepared, when the asphalt is laid, while the asphalt is drying, and during the asphalt's normal daily use. 

Schedule a time for a professional to come take a look at your asphalt at least once each year. This way, if there's anything that you've been missing with your untrained eye, a professional should be able to tell right away that there is a problem and help you solve it. 

Set Up an Asphalt Repair Fund

Make sure that you always have money set aside to pay for repairs to the asphalt should they need to be made. Some problems get worse and become more pricey with time. So the sooner you start paying a professional to fix the problem, the more money you'll save. You don't want to get caught having to wait months to save up to get a repair completed. 

Sealcoating, Sealcoating, Sealcoating!

Any asphalt that is poured on your property should be sealcoated. Sealcoating is the absolute best way to keeping your asphalt lasting long and looking good. Sealcoating helps to protect the asphalt against damage from various natural and human elements that it may come in contact with. These might include the expansion and contraction from winter weather when temperatures fluctuate between above and below freezing, or even damage from the sun's UV rays. 

Because asphalt is so strong and durable, it may be hard to notice damage from these kinds of issues until it's actually time to make major repairs. Therefore, sealcoating the asphalt as soon as possible is the best way to keep the asphalt from succumbing to the damage in the first place. 

With these three tips, you can help maintain asphalt that will look beauty and withstand wear and tear year after wonderful year!