Asphalt has become the norm for both residential and commercial properties. Asphalt is meant to withstand different weather conditions and the weight of vehicles driving over it each day, so it’s no secret that it’s a durable material. However, even the best materials need preventative maintenance! Preventative maintenance will extend the life of your asphalt and save you some serious cash in the long run. Check out some tips from our experts to keep your asphalt in great condition for years to come.
Keeping the Pavement Clean
Dirt, debris, and trash sitting on the surface of the pavement is something you want to avoid. Not only does it look bad, but it actually harms the pavement below. Anything on top of the asphalt that shouldn’t be there can trap water which will damage the surface overtime. Keep your pavement clean by sweeping it on a regular basis to remove debris and pickup trash.
Look for Signs of Wear and Erosion
Asphalt that has obvious signs of wear and erosion overtime may be in need of repairs. Without noticing those early warning signs and repairing the asphalt quickly, more damage will continue to occur and a total replacement may be necessary. The most common sign of wear on the pavement is intents from where tires drive frequently, also known as rutting. Asphalt that is crumbling and has a grave substance on top is doing something known as raveling, which will speed up the erosion process.
Filling Cracks and Holes
Cracks and holes in asphalt are a nuisance, but they’re to be expected. Most cracks and holes can be repaired and patched without replacing all of the asphalt in the area. Cracks can be filled using seal coating or crack filler depending on the size of the crack. Seal coating acts as a barrier to prevent anything from getting into the cracks and making it worse. There are multiple types of sealcoating available depending on your location, budget, size of the cracks, and the contractor’s preference.
Potholes occur when a crack wasn’t filled and water went into it, expanding under different weather conditions and ultimately causing a hole. Potholes can be patched, but it’s much easier to fix the cracks before a hole has the chance to form!
Contact Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving
Make yourself a preventative maintenance checklist and schedule to get the most out of your asphalt. Proper maintenance will save you money, keep the asphalt looking great, and reduce the risk of trips and falls because of unkept asphalt. Contact Cooper Bros Asphalt Paving today to learn more about asphalt repair and maintenance services in your area or to schedule a consultation! Our team has experience in commercial and residential asphalt, so we’re prepared to lend a hand no matter how big or small the job may be! Give us a call at (978) 664-1529 or fill out a contact form today.
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