Asphalt Maintenance for Commercial Businesses
June 8, 2017
Believe it or not, you can significantly increase asphalt lifespan by simply maintaining it yourself, keeping an eye out for distress, and making simple fixes before they become a serious problem. It is a much more cost effective idea to maintain your asphalt, rather than “letting it go” and having to replace it too soon.
Easy Maintenance Tips
Keep it clear
Edge the driveway to keep grass and weeds from growing on the asphalt. Plants create cracks and cracks invite moisture into the material, opening it up to permanent damage.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is to avoid water as much as possible. Water distresses the asphalt. The asphalt should be crack sealed regularly to keep the roadways as waterproof as possible.
Keep it clean! It prevents cracks and damage, and looks more presentable. Oil will cause problems the same way that water does, so try keeping those spots cleaned up (and again, it is prettier to keep it clean, anyway.)
Regularly check for cracks and stress on the pavement. Filling them as soon as you come across a crack will help extend the life of your asphalt.
Be sure to clean the surface thoroughly before attempting any repairs. Repair small holes using cold asphalt repair mix. Seal the asphalt with asphalt sealer regularly (once a month, depending on the conditions where you live).
Seal Coat and Crack/Chip Seal
The first few years after having asphalt laid, you should not need to seal coat unless the area is subject to a lot of water that isn’t draining properly. The best time to seal the asphalt is during the summer months. Chip seals increase the life of your asphalt because they protect from moisture and seal small cracks. There are many things to consider, but in general, crack sealing lasts between 3-8 years.
Small “hairline” cracks cannot be crack sealed properly. If you are noticing a lot of small cracks in your pavement, there are other sealing options available for them such as slurry, sand, chip, or fog seal.
The change in seasons does affect the size of the holes that need to be crack sealed. Unlike seal coat, crack seal is most effective when done during the spring or fall.
Deep potholes can be patched. Potholes need to be taken care of in a timely matter, or else water could get in the pothole and cause further damage that may be too severe to fix without replacing the pavement. If the patch is only on the surface, it is considered a temporary fix, but deep patches are permanent.
More Than a “Simple Fix”
When the asphalt reaches deterioration to the extent that you cannot just fill or seal the hole, it may be time to consider replacing it.
If you have any question as to what can be done with your asphalt driveway, road, or parking lot the best idea is to call and have an estimator look over the area of question. Be sure to speak clearly to the estimator about what your concerns are. Keep in mind if you are more concerned about functionality than appearance, the options may be different.