Asphalt Maintenance Wear & Tear
Asphalt pavement is known for its durability as well as its economical cost and attractive appearance. It is sometimes called the “perpetual pavement” because of its recyclability and ongoing asphalt maintenance. However, it is not an “eternal pavement;” it will age and show signs of wear and tear will appear. Too often, though, asphalt pavement fails prematurely from preventable causes.
Asphalt Maintenance Wear & Tear- Neglected Sealcoating
Asphalt sealcoating is an extremely economical way to protect and beautify asphalt pavement. It guards against UV rays that strip asphalt pavement of its dark color as well as it moisture. Robbed of its moisture, asphalt pavement becomes dry and begins to break down. Sealcoating also protects against corrosive chemicals, including oil and gasoline, that can soften asphalt pavement. A quality, professionally applied sealant will restore the color and protect the pavement from damage, often doubling the life expectancy of the pavement when compared to a similar pavement that does not receive regular applications of sealcoating. After sealcoating, remember striping on your parking lot. Nothing leaves a lasting impression with your prospects, customers and employees, like the crisp bright lines of a freshly striped parking lot.
The Pavement Is Forced to Exceed Its Design Specifications
The two most critical components of asphalt pavement are the foundation and the pavement itself. The pavement gets its strength and resiliency from the supporting foundation. The depths of both components are based on the expected loads that the pavement will bear. One problem that asphalt contractors encounter frequently is pavement that has been stressed beyond its capacity. For example, a parking lot built to support only cars can incur severe damage if fully laden tractor-trailers drive or park on the pavement.
Cracks Go Unrepaired
Having cracks professionally repaired on a timely basis is one of the best ways to ensure that your asphalt pavement reaches its full life. Cracks will always get longer, deeper and wider from traffic and temperature fluctuations. These cracks allow moisture to accumulate beneath the pavement and attack the foundation. Once the foundation is sufficiently destabilized, the pavement will sag or move, resulting in extensive cracks and/or potholes.
Installation errors can be the most costly problems to correct, and about the only way you can prevent them is to exercise care when selecting an asphalt contractor. There are various ways that a contractor can botch an installation. Poor compaction of the foundation materials, insufficient asphalt depth and applying asphalt that is not hot enough are just a few of the possible errors. If the problem is improper construction, noticeable signs of premature wear will usually appear within the first two or three years.
Affordable Striping & Sealing is an asphalt contractor and our philosophy is to always put ourselves in each customer’s place to determine the best solution for his or her issue. We strive to deliver exceptional work and superior customer service at affordable prices. Affordable Striping & Sealing, located in Las Vegas, NV, offers an extensive range of asphalt maintenance services, including crack repairs, sealcoating and parking lot striping. You can call us at (702) 222-9009 or submit the online form to request a free estimate.
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