Regardless of the time of year, your asphalt pavement requires TLC and maintenance. When you have your asphalt installed, it will look great. In order to keep it looking great, it is important to keep up with proper maintenance. This maintenance is also important to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and avoid costly repairs. Keep reading to learn some important maintenance tips for your asphalt surface.
Sealcoating is by far one of the more effective ways to maintain your asphalt pavement and protect it from regular damage, such as cracks. Sealcoating your asphalt offers it an additional layer of protection against the sun while protecting it from moisture and other environmental elements. Further, when you notice that your asphalt is beginning to deteriorate, sealcoating your asphalt can help prevent it from deteriorating further while increasing its visual appeal.
You will want to keep an eye out on your asphalt pavement for any signs of potholes. Potholes need to be addressed as quickly as possible to avoid any further deterioration in the asphalt, which could lead to even more expenses. When potholes are repaired, they are first cleaned, then they are filled with a binding mixture that patches the hole.
Eliminate Pooling Water
If there is ever water on your asphalt surface, it will have a direct and negative impact on its maintenance. Because of this, you want to ensure that water does not sit on your asphalt for an extended period of time. Through the winter months, you must make sure that any snow and ice is removed from the pavement in a timely manner for this same purpose. At the same time, you may be tempted to use deicers; however, deicers can be harmful to the asphalt. Therefore, opt for natural and eco-friendly options that can help with snow and ice removal.
It is recommended to have your asphalt sealed every few years. Just as it is important to watch out for potholes, you need to also look for cracks so that they can be repaired immediately. Fixing small cracks as soon as they are noticed does not take a lot of time or money. However, if the cracks are allowed to get bigger and bigger, it will take longer and more money to repair. They can also cause the asphalt to lose its structural stability.
Avoid Heavy Loads
While it may be hard to do if you have a commercial asphalt parking lot, it is important to try your best to avoid large loads on top of your asphalt surface. When heavy vehicles are on top of the asphalt, especially for extended periods of time, it can negatively affect the pavement's condition.
If you would like to learn more, contact an asphalt paving company about asphalt maintenance.