If you need a new driveway or are considering a parking lot for your business, asphalt is an excellent choice. It’s durable, and with proper care, can last for many years. However, the heat of summer can cause problems asphalt, and it’s important to keep on top of any repairs or maintenance. There are several easy steps you should take to keep your asphalt looking new for years to come.
Inspect Your Pavement
The key to keeping anything maintained is to inspect it first. Check for any existing signs of damage and for any problems that might already exist. Small cracks now can quickly become much bigger problems.
Fill and Seal Any Cracks
If during your inspection you do uncover cracks or holes, be sure to fill them and seal them to prevent more damage. This is an excellent way to help keep your pavement in good condition and keep any damage from getting out of hand.
Regularly Clean Your Pavement
Clean pavement seems like a good idea for aesthetics – but did you know that is also matters when it comes to maintaining your asphalt? There are multiple ways dirt and other contaminants can affect your asphalt such as allowing mold to work its way into any cracks. The mold grows and expands, which exacerbates any issues that may already exist.
Control Pooling Water
When puddles are large, you probably notice them and want them fixed. However, it can be easy to ignore smaller pools of water. However, this is a mistake. Small puddles now can lead to big damage later. Pooling water can start eating away at your asphalt – and that kind of damage is hard to fix. Fill in any areas that are sagging now to prevent further damage later.
Switch up Your Parking Spot
Asphalt is affected by the heat of the sun. If you always park (and shade) the same spot, you can create issues on different parts of your driveway. Be sure to switch up where you park so that each part of your driveway gets both the shade and the sun.
If you have a parking lot you’re dealing with, consider painting the parking spaces in different spots or putting them at an angle to help wear the asphalt more evenly, if possible.
Contact Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving for Repairs
If you spot any issues on your asphalt parking lot or driveway that you aren’t sure how to tackle, consider contacting Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving. We’re the experts when it comes to asphalt paving repairs and maintenance in the Middlesex County area. Fill out a contact form or give us a call today at 978-664-1529 to get started.
This post was written by bwm