5 tips to extending the lifespan of your Asphalt pavement

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Well designed and constructed asphalt pavements can provide many years of useful service, if properly maintained. An effective asphalt maintenance program will dramatically increase the useful life of your asphalt pavement, while postponing the need for the considerable expense of reconstruction. Asphalt can be viewed in much the same way as wood. If wood is left untreated, it will be destroyed by elements of weather including sun, oxidation, and water.

A good preventive maintenance program will actually save money in the long run, while providing a surface that is attractive and easy to clean for years to come.

The following are tips that can ensure your asphalt pavement endures the test of time:

  1. Controlling load

Try to have larger vehicles like garbage trucks and delivery trucks access your property only if it is necessary. These heavy vehicles carry a lot of weight and can destroy your pavement in a hurry. Limit their presence on your pavement and you will lessen the amount of load your pavement has to carry. One way to do this is to move your garbage containers closer to the roadway where garbage trucks can access them without having to drive over your pavement. This is an easy fix and one that you can do yourself.

2. Sweeping the asphalt pavement

The first step in maintaining asphalt pavement is regular sweeping.  Sweeping removes sand and grit that accumulates on the surface.  If it is not removed, this grit will act as an abrasive.  Over time it will remove the top stratum of pavement or surface treatment, and permit water intrusion into the pavement structure. Each property should be evaluated individually. But sweeping 2 to 6 times per year is generally recommended.

  1. Fixing drainage problems

Water is the main reason why pavements fail. If water is allowed to reach the base course underneath your pavement and disrupt it, it will not be long until you will need to fix a newly formed pothole. If you have a lot of standing water on your pavement, call a contractor to see what can be done to fix this problem. Installing a drain inlet or under drain could be the needed fix.

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  1. Crack filling

If your asphalt pavement has existing cracks, crack filling is necessary. Crack sealing is one of the best early preventive maintenance measures to prolong asphalt life. This is because water can enter these cracks at gallons per minute and all that water will wash away your investment.

  1. Sealcoating

Sealcoating seals the surface of your asphalt, protecting it from harmful elements like oxygen, moisture and UV rays which cause your pavement to become oxidized; and also preventing water seepage.

A properly sealcoated surface also looks nice. It has a rich, dark black color compared to oxidized pavement which is gray.

You can purchase and install seal coats yourself but you have to take proper caution because there are many sealcoat materials out there and all of them are not the same. If you are looking at a large area to cover, sealcoating out of buckets may be too labor intensive and contacting a contractor with the equipment to install may be a better option.

4 thoughts on “5 tips to extending the lifespan of your Asphalt pavement”

  1. It’s good to learn that seal coating can help make your asphalt look nice and have a nice black color. My wife and I are wanting to renovate our house and we were wondering how we can make our driveway look nice after the remodel is finished. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should consider getting our driveway seal coated to make it look nice.

  2. Thanks for sharing! It is interesting to me that the asphalt never really “sets up”, and is flexible for a very long time. Since it is more flexible, you would think that asphalt would have a longer lifespan than concrete. However, it makes sense, especially if the pavement is used all the time. Do you have blogs something about asphalt sealcoating tucson.

  3. I really appreciate your tip to try and call a contractor if you notice any standing water on your asphalt. My wife and I have been thinking of getting a new house, and we are concerned that we won’t be able to take good care of the long driveway that is in front of the house. I will be sure to tell my wife that if we notice any standing water, we should call a contractor immediately!

  4. I never knew that pavement had a weight limit! That is good to know! I have been thinking about getting the pavement redone on my driveway because of the cracks. But, I was planning on storing a boat on it.

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