Asphalt has a long lifespan, but many factors can shorten its life, such as exposure to water and various chemicals from spills or drips, harsh sunlight, etc. As asphalt ages, it becomes more susceptible to cracking and damage. If asphalt cracks are not repaired correctly and in time, the pavement becomes susceptible to damages which can lead to potholes or worse.
However, it is possible to prevent some of the damages and slow down the others through routine maintenance and care. This blog post shares four essential measures to ensure a longer lifespan for your asphalt pavement.
When small cracks form in your asphalt, they expose the base and allow water to damage it. Water can cause the pavement to oxidize, creating larger cracks that will need costly repairs. Fill these minor cracks immediately when you see them to prevent more extensive damage.
Cracks also make it easier for moisture to seep into the asphalt and cause serious problems such as potholes which are much harder to repair. Pothole damage occurs when the asphalt falls below ground level and is not supported by a sturdy foundation.
The asphalt should be kept clear of snow, dirt, debris, foliage, etc. Any harmful materials that come in contact with asphalt, like spilled oil or tar, should be cleaned up as soon as possible. When vehicles are driven over loose rocks and gravel, they put a lot of pressure on asphalt surfaces which may cause cracks or holes much earlier than expected.
When you see petrochemical stains, use an absorbent material to soak them up. If a leak from a car radiator or gearbox occurs, it should also be cleaned immediately to prevent staining and damage to your asphalt surface.
When your driveway is new and correctly installed, water does not accumulate on the pavement. Proper drainage and a graded base layer are essential in preventing water from compromising the foundation over time. Unfortunately, natural subsidence and erosion will occur after repeated exposure to rain and snow. At the same time, heavy objects like cars may cause compression spots where water collects.
A standing pool of water in these depressions will cause the pavement to age faster by working its way into cracks and breaking them down. Freeze-thaw cycles worsen this phenomenon by expanding the existing cracks. If you notice water pooling on your pavement, call Proline Parking Lot Maintenance, Inc. We provide excellent asphalt repair and maintenance services in Mooresville and other areas across North Carolina.
Protecting your asphalt through sealcoating is an effective way to slow down the damage that occurs over time. Sealcoating helps maintain the pavement's appearance and provides resistance against damage such as cracks, spills, UV rays, oxidation by sealing it from moisture and air. It enhances the aesthetics of the pavement with its deep black color and smooth surface that makes asphalt look brand new. Sealcoating also provides benefits that extend beyond protection, such as increased traction for safer driving.
If you need sealcoating or asphalt repair services, call Proline Parking Lot Maintenance, Inc., serving Mooresville, NC. We are one of the best-known parking lot maintenance companies in the area.
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