Extend the life of your Asphalt

Extend the life of your Asphalt

October 26, 2016  3:02 pm

Pavement, whether it is Concrete, Brick Pavers, or Asphalt is costly to install.  The most inexpensive of these three is Asphalt.  Don’t mistake the initial cost of installation as the end of the process.  Asphalt is less expensive, but the repairs are costly if you don’t maintain your investment. It doesn’t matter if it’s a driveway, parking lot, road, or walkway… pavement maintenance is essential and extends the life of your investment.

How is asphalt maintained?  How often does it need to be addressed?  What is asphalt? 

Asphalt is material comprised of rocks, sand, and aggregates that held together by a binder.

The first maintenance service is sealcoating.  The sealcoating of an asphalt surface slows down the degradation of the asphalt.  Degradation occurs through oxidization, moisture and UV rays breaking down the binder material acting as a glue.  For a few cents per square foot, the sealcoat protects the binder from the elements of oxidization, moisture, and UV rays.

Budget an application of sealcoat every 2 years.  Be proactive – not reactive with asphalt maintenance.

Regular sealcoating does not guarantee cracks will not slowly form over time.  Crackfilling is essential in asphalt maintenance to address cracks before they become a bigger problem.  Cracks cannot be removed, but to prevents water from penetrating the subgrade, hot rubberized crack fill needs to be injected into the crevice and smoothed out on top to create a solid seal.  This is another service that should not be skipped or minimized.  Contact our service representative to receive an onsite evaluation and be sure to budget this service annually – Proactive, not reactive!

Patching of an area of asphalt that has failed is an excellent way of targeting problem areas when the remaining areas of the pavement have maintained its integrity.  At this point in the degradation of the asphalt, the binder is no longer performing its function and has started to break away.  Crackfilling and sealcoating alone won’t stop the disintegration.  Removing of effected asphalt and installation of new asphalt is the only way to correct the asphalt and stop further breakdown spreading to the unaffected areas.  Wait 6-12 months to sealcoat over new asphalt. 

Work with a professional to create an asphalt maintenance plan for your parking lot, driveway, or other surfaces. Our service representatives are here to provide a service plan to fit your needs.  Remember Proactive, Not Reactive and save $$ later!