Looking to get the greatest possible return on your asphalt paving investment?
Like most things, asphalt will deteriorate over time. The rate at which it deteriorates, however, will be largely dependent on how well you take care of your surface. While a well-maintained asphalt surface can last for up to 25 years or more, a neglected surface may only last for 15 years or less.
Here are six important tips that will make your asphalt paving last longer!
1. Clean Your Surface Regularly
Particularly if your asphalt surface happens to be a large parking lot or commercial driveway that sees heavy traffic, chances are that various oils, chemicals, and debris will make their way onto your asphalt. Of course, these have the potential to erode your asphalt over time.
It’s important that you sweep your entire surface and wash it with water frequently to remove stains and spills. It’s also a good idea to power wash your surface once or twice each year.
2. Order Asphalt Sealcoating Services Every 2–3 Years
Sealcoating is a thin protective layer that will help safeguard your asphalt against ultraviolet rays, chemicals, and debris. Without this protective layer in place, your asphalt will be exposed to the elements.
We recommend ordering asphalt sealcoating services every 2–3 years so that this protective layer stays replenished.
3. Invest in a Proper Drainage System
Standing water is one of the greatest threats to the longevity of your pavement. After water seeps into cracks, it will cause trouble beneath the surface—weakening your pavement during freezing and thawing cycles.
If your asphalt pavement isn’t already equipped with a proper drainage system, or if you notice that puddles form after rainfall, contact a commercial paving company to address the issue.
4. Get Rid of Any Weeds
Like water, weeds will use cracks to penetrate your pavement and spread below the surface. Over time, they will create even more cracks and further weaken your asphalt in the process.
To control weeds, you can remove them by hand or apply a weed-killing product to areas that are affected.
5. Fill Cracks Before They Grow Larger
While a small crack in your pavement may seem like a minor issue, cracks that are neglected will continue to grow longer, wider, and deeper. Eventually, these cracks will begin to connect with other cracks and dislodged pieces of asphalt will cause potholes to form.
Fortunately, crack filling is a relatively simple and inexpensive issue to address if you catch it early on. Potholes, on the other hand, will often require full-depth patching—a more costly repair.
6. Stick to a Maintenance Schedule
Even when you aren’t able to diagnose issues with your pavement, a trusted commercial paving company will be able to identify problems and fix them as they arise.
If you don’t already have a routine maintenance schedule, be sure to set one up with your local asphalt paving company!
Do you need professional asphalt paving services? Contact Danny’s Asphalt Paving, West Texas’s commercial paving and industrial paving experts. We will even give you a free quote for your next project!