Asphalt Paving And Deterioration
No pavement will last forever, but asphalt pavement should have a lifespan of several decades if it is installed and maintained correctly. Although it is normal for all black top pavements to deteriorate over time, there are a number of things that can lead to the premature demise of your asphalt pavement.
• Sudden, significant increases in the volume of traffic can contribute to pavement deterioration. Engineers and architects base their specifications for pavement on the number and type of vehicles that will be using the pavement. When a road suddenly starts to receive substantially more traffic, such as when a major thoroughfare is closed for repairs and traffic rerouted to a secondary street not engineered for the volume, the pavement can be damaged. Damages can also occur if the pavement is engineered for vehicles that do not exceed a certain weight but then subjected to heavier loads, such as a residential street that is suddenly expected to support tractor-trailers that are fully loaded.
• Automotive leaks can cause asphalt to deteriorate. Most automotive fluids — along with asphalt — are petroleum based. Petroleum products have a tendency to attempt to recombine, leading to pavement deterioration as the process will destroy the bonds that hold the asphalt together. To prevent this type of damage, it is important to keep your sealcoating in good shape and to have these types of stains removed regularly.
• Natural forces can damage asphalt pavement. The sun’s rays and the natural process of oxidation are harmful to both the integrity and appearance of asphalt pavement. However, keeping your sealcoating in good condition can slow these types of damage significantly. Water, whether it is from rain or runoff from sprinkler systems, also poses a hazard if it penetrates cracks or potholes and reaches the foundation. Asphalt pavement relies on the strength of its foundation to remain pliable under stress. Water can weaken the foundation, resulting in cracks, potholes and other types of damage. To prevent water infiltration, have breaks in the pavement repaired as soon as possible.
Affordable Striping & Sealing offers a full range of asphalt maintenance and repair services to customers in the greater Las Vegas area. We are committed to delivering the best results at affordable rates as well as superior customer service. Whether you need sealcoating, asphalt repairs, parking lot striping or traffic sign installation, our highly experienced crews are ready to help. You can receive a free quote by submitting our online form or calling (702) 222-9009.