Many asphalt-related problems occur during the summer, such as cracking, potholes, sinking, and more. It’s recommended to take advantage of the summer heat to address these asphalt-related issues quickly, so they don’t get worse or become too difficult to repair once winter season rolls around.
Summer is an ideal time of year for asphalt paving work. It’s one of the best seasons for such work because it allows asphalt to absorb more heat and harden in less time, and thus a proper bond is easier to achieve in summer. Hot weather speeds up the process, and asphalt repairs performed during this time of year are more likely to last longer than those performed at other times due to asphalt’s increased flexibility during summer months. In contrast, asphalt cracks more easily as temperatures drop.
Summer is a great time to seal cracks. If left unattended, they will continue to increase in size and destroy the asphalt base. When the sealant is applied during warm temperatures it dries faster and is absorbed more quickly into hot asphalt to form a strong bond. Sealing the cracks during summer heat also prevents water from accumulating on top of your pavement, which can lead to dangerous potholes forming.
Potholes in asphalt not only look ugly, but can be dangerous. They can damage vehicles and can also create unsafe conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists, causing trips or falls. Vehicle drivers may be less likely to slow down at an intersection with potholes, leading to accidents and injuries. Thus, there is no better time than summer to restore your pavement and make it safer for visitors and customers by repairing any potholes.
Asphalt sinking is another problem that should be taken care of in summer. Asphalt sinking is caused by asphalt’s inherent ability to shrink. As asphalt is exposed to the elements, it will eventually start shrinking which results in sunken areas in your pavement. There are two leading causes for asphalt sinking: water and compaction issues. If you notice asphalt sinking in your pavement, it is best to consult a professional paving company to identify the cause and decide on the best course of action.
Asphalt is a great paving solution, but it is vulnerable to various harmful factors including the sun’s UV rays, water seepage as well as fluids or chemicals which may have dropped on the pavement. The best way to safeguard your pavement from such threats is by sealcoating it every 2 – 3 years. Sealcoating also restores the beautiful jet-black color and shine of your pavement which helps improve curb appeal.
And you guessed it; summer is one of the best times of year to sealcoat your pavement too!
Your parking lot says a lot about your business because it is the first thing potential customers notice; so, make sure their first impression is a positive one! Proline Parking Lot Maintenance, Inc. is a trusted paving contractor in Charlotte, NC, and we have the experience, skills and equipment to restore your parking lot so it looks brand new all year round. Get in touch with us for a quote today!