Asphalt is commonly used on many different types of pavement projects. It is a popular material due to its cost effectiveness, durability, and ease of implementation. It can be used for walkways, driveways, parking lots and complete roadways. Many may not know, however, that like all pavements, asphalt does require routine maintenance to maximize its life. Unlike other pavements however, asphalt maintenance can be performed efficiently and with very little cost. This is perhaps the greatest strength of asphalt and a key reason to consider it for your next pavement project.
Carolina Surface Coatings specializes in asphalt maintenance in Greenville, Spartanburg and the surrounding areas. We’ve been in the business since 1968!
While asphalt has a long life span as long as it is well maintained, the deterioration process begins as soon as the freshly laid asphalt begins to cool. Oil, sun oxidation, salt, water penetration and weather all affect the life span. Pollutants in the rain and dirt can also wear away the asphalt over time increasing the rate that it breaks down.
The key to a successful asphalt maintenance program is to begin approximately 90 days after the asphalt has been installed with a quality asphalt seal coating. Asphalt sealers are much like the sealants you would put on a wooden deck. The sooner you begin protecting the wood, the longer it will last. The same is true for asphalt.
Other common maintenance procedures to extend the life of your asphalt pavement:
Asphalt Crack Repair
Over time, especially if asphalt sealants are NOT used early in the life of the pavement, cracks in the asphalt will appear. As soon as cracks appear it is critical to seal them with a quality crack sealant. Cracks allow moisture to penetrate the structure and pass underneath into the base. If the sources of moisture aren’t sealed quickly, serious damage will follow. You can learn more on our asphalt crack repair page.
Patching is a frequently used repair technique for imperfections such as potholes. Potholes can form due to water in unsealed or improperly sealed cracks, combined with the expansion and contraction of the pavement. As water damages the surrounding asphalt it creates voids and thus a pothole is born. The process of replacing the asphalt depends on the affected area and the seasonal conditions. You can lean more on our asphalt repair page.
In some cases, it can be more cost affective to resurface or overlay the asphalt. Low spots, large sections of interconnecting cracks are all good places to resurface. This process is unique to each job and can consist of leveling of low spots, grinding off uneven surfaces, adjusting drainage paths and other details pertaining to the specific problem.
Parking Lot Striping & Traffic Signs
As paint fades and traffic signs age it is important to re-stripe and purchase new signs. Without clear directives and traffic control systems in place your parking lot can become a place of chaos. Not only does this hurt the efficiency of moving traffic through your property, but it also can be a liability if someone were to get hurt. Learn more about asphalt repair and traffic signs.
Call on the Greenville-Spartanburg asphalt maintenance contractor with over 45 years experience in maintaining parking lots and drives. Contact us at 888-922-2993 or fill out the Free Quote form.