Protecting Your Asphalt:
4 Ways to Extend Its Life
Sealcoating is a great way to protect your asphalt and extend its life. During the sealcoating process, a protective layer is either sprayed or squeegee'd down to cover the asphalt beneath it. When we sealcoat, we do a minimum of two coats to ensure that the asphalt is fully covered and protected.
Sealcoating creates a protective barrier on your asphalt that can last up to 3 years, depending on the condition of your asphalt and climate.
Older asphalt may need to be sealcoated annually.
Not only does sealcoating protect your asphalt from wear and tear, but it gives it a great finish. Your parking lot is often the first impression people will have of your business, give them something to look at!
Make Sure Your Asphalt Drains
When water starts pooling on your asphalt, potholes are cracks are soon to follow.
That water will be absorbed into your asphalt's naturally porous surface, and once it's been absorbed, it can begin to expand and cause damage.
If you notice water pooling on your asphalt, it may be time to address your parking lot's drainage. Asphalt that drains as intended will protect against potholes and cracking, standing water hazards for people and vehicles, and harmful soil erosion — saving a lot of money and headache for you down the road.
Actively Repair Current Damage
Do you already have damaged asphalt? It ok, you're not alone. Needing to perform asphalt maintenance from time to time is completely normal.
The sooner you address your asphalt damage, the better off you'll be. If potholes and cracking go un-repaired, they only get bigger, more expensive to repair, and more dangerous for pedestrians and vehicles.
A great way to preserve your asphalt is to fix small cracks or potholes as they appear, and before major damage has begun to show.
Consider Who's Using Your Asphalt
The intended use of your asphalt will require different levels of thickness, and you'll need to consider these uses to ensure that your asphalt remains functional.
Asphalt that will mainly see car traffic will only need asphalt poured at 2" thickness. For asphalt pads next to dumpsters, however, you'll need a minimum of 6" thickness to account for the weight of garbage trucks driving onto it.
Considering your asphalt's needs will keep it from cracking under pressure, and will help to prolong its life.