How to care for tarmac driveways in extreme heat

The UK has just experienced its most intense heatwave in recorded history, and while people in Luton and Dunstable will have been making efforts to keep themselves cool, they will have probably given little thought to their tarmac driveways. However, at just 25 degrees Celsius, tarmac can begin to soften, causing it to sink or crack. We’ll explain the signs to be aware of and the measures you can take to protect your driveway.

Cracks and fading

The most apparent sign of driveways needing some restoration is when cracks form. Cracks can appear in cold weather, but extreme heat can soften tarmac resulting in gaps that need repairing; even if they are small, they can lead to more significant cracks that cost more to restore, so be proactive. Intense UV light, such as experienced in Luton and Dunstable this week, can also cause the colour of the tarmac to diminish and fade, which is a clear sign that your driveway requires extra protection.

How are driveways restored?

If your driveway has faded, the first step is to call in a professional driveway specialist who can apply a layer of sealant to the driveway. The sealant will provide a layer of protection to prevent further fading and weathering. Ideally, your driveway will need a new layer added every three years. The areas where the driveway has faded can be repainted, and an asphalt patch can be applied to cover any cracks that have formed. Contact our team today if you own a property in Luton or Dunstable, and your driveway requires repair or maintenance.