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Asphalt Pavement – How to Protect it Against Damage

Installing a new driveway or parking lot is a major investment. You’ll want to do everything you can to keep it in good condition and extend its lifespan. Asphalt is a strong and durable material for constructing paved surfaces. However, there are some things that can damage asphalt pavement. Cracks, potholes, and degradation are signs that your asphalt pavement requires repair. It’s Important to be aware of these and take the proper steps to address the damage as quickly as possible. 

Improper Installation

If your asphalt pavement isn’t installed properly, it won’t take long for problems to arise. Cracks are one of the most common issues to result from a subpar installation. Poorly laid asphalt will quickly end up costing a lot in repair bills. It’s important that you do your research and hire a highly experienced, reputable asphalt company. They will understand which type of subgrade is appropriate for the area’s traffic flow and which grade of asphalt to use.

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Water Damage

Water is one of the elements that can cause extensive damage to asphalt pavement. Asphalt subjected to heavy water runoff or poor drainage will become eroded over time. Water runoff can sometimes contain chemicals that react with the asphalt, accelerating the damage. If your asphalt has cracks, water will become trapped in them as it flows across the surface. This can be especially damaging as the temperature drops. The water that infiltrated the cracks will freeze, causing it to expand which increases the size of the cracks. This will cause more damage and compromise the integrity of the pavement’s structure. Having cracks repaired, sealcoating your asphalt, and ensuring there is proper drainage can help to minimize degradation from water exposure.

Tree Roots

Tree roots can crack your asphalt pavement from underneath, causing damage to its foundation. It’s Important to consider the surrounding foliage when installing a driveway or parking lot. It could be more cost-effective to remove a tree that could potentially cause future damage. Also, avoid planting any new trees too close to your asphalt surfaces.

Oil and Other Chemicals

Parking lots and driveways are subjected to various chemicals from vehicles. Motor oil, gasoline or antifreeze spills will not only leave unsightly stains but if left unattended, they will soak into the asphalt and break it down over time. If possible, clean up spills immediately and if deterioration occurs, schedule professional asphalt repair.

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Snow Removal

Clearing the snow and ice off your asphalt pavement is critical to protect it and the safety of those that use it. However, if not done carefully, snow removal can cause damage to asphalt surfaces. Plows and metal shovels can gouge the surface. When shoveling snow, it is best to use a plastic shovel instead of a metal one. When hiring a snow removal service, first check to make sure they have experience clearing asphalt surfaces and know to keep the plow at the proper level to prevent damage.

Chemicals used to melt snow and ice should also be used with care. There are products available that contain magnesium chloride that won’t cause damage to the asphalt and melt snow and ice quickly. Avoid using rock salt if possible, as it is hard on the asphalt. If you do put down rock salt to melt snow and ice, be sure to remove any excess once they are cleared.

Professional Asphalt Pavement Installation and Repair

Whether your asphalt pavement needs minor repairs, seal coating or it needs to be completely replaced, Certified Asphalt can handle it. We provide full-service residential and commercial and asphalt paving services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas in New Jersey. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, seal coating, and pavement maintenance. Family owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!

 

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