For an owner that finds themselves responsible for maintaining parking lots or even the homeowner that maintains an asphalt driveway, you know the importance of prolonging the life of the asphalt. On average, asphalt can last between 15 to 20 years. However, during the life time of the asphalt you will want to work hard to prevent damages. You will want to repair the asphalt as problems as they occur. With proper maintenance and care, you can have asphalt last 20 years or more. Andersen Asphalt & Striping will share a few tips on how to extend the life of your asphalt.
Prevent Water Damage to Asphalt
One of the best ways to extend the life of asphalt is to prevent water damage. If water runs through or under the asphalt, the water can cause permanent damage to the asphalt. Especially during the winter, Nevada’s temperatures can drop low enough to freeze water. Frozen water underneath the asphalt can quickly deteriorate the integrity of the asphalt. If water tends to puddle around the asphalt or it is prone to water exposure, make sure to install a drainage system to help the water flow safely away from the asphalt.
Asphalt Sealcoating & Crack Repair
When asphalt develops cracks, you will want to have them repaired. When cracks form in the asphalt, they will need to be repaired by using an asphalt crack filler. It is important to stay on top of repairs to prevent further damage of the asphalt. However, to prevent cracks and to better protect the asphalt, the asphalt should be seal coated to prevent the asphalt surface from oxidizing. You never want to over sealcoat asphalt as that can also shorten the life of asphalt. To properly protect the asphalt and extend its life, it is recommended to have the asphalt seal coated every few years.
Know When to Replace Asphalt
Even with all the proper maintenance and repairs, asphalt will eventually need to be replaced. When asphalt gets too old to keep repaired, it may begin to crumble and break into pieces and become very bumpy to drive on. When this happens, it may be time to replace the asphalt. When replacing asphalt often the old asphalt will need to be removed. However, depending on the condition of the asphalt, a new layer may be able to be placed over the top. In most situations, the older asphalt will need to be removed and the ground properly prepared to ensure the integrity of the new asphalt. If asphalt was prematurely repaired due to damages from water, often a drainage system will be added during ground preparation. After investing in new asphalt, be sure to take the needed steps to extend the life of the asphalt.
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Asphalt is an important element. It serves as parking lots, driveways, and more. Asphalt must be properly maintained to ensure its longevity and prevent repair and premature replacements. For those who need help repairing, sealcoating, or installing new asphalt and more, contact Andersen Asphalt & Striping today.