Asphalt pavement has been used in America for well over a century. It has become the leading choice for many pavement applications. Its reliability has increased over the decades through innovations in the production of the asphalt material and in application techniques for pavement surfaces. Today, a paving contractor can construct an asphalt pavement that can last for 20 years or more. However, even the best-constructed asphalt pavement will need to be properly maintained throughout its life to maximize its longevity and minimize needed repairs. Fortunately, if you pay attention to your pavement, you can find clues that can tell you what is damaging it.
What Could Be Damaging Your Asphalt? | Kansas City, MO
Why Is My Asphalt Turning Gray?
As quickly as asphalt is laid, the process of oxidation will begin. The effects of oxygen, coupled with exposure to ultraviolet radiation, will gradually turn the surface a gray color. In addition, oxidation and UV rays will stiffen the pavement and make it brittle and dry. This is a natural process that must be kept in check by periodic applications of an asphalt sealcoating material. Seal coating should begin after the new asphalt pavement has cured or hardened sufficiently. Asphalt sealcoating, performed by a professional asphalt paving contractor, is an important preventive maintenance measure that should be done every couple of years.
Seal coating restores faded asphalt to a dark color, blocks UV rays, helps protect against oil stains, and enhances the pavement’s waterproofing qualities. The asphalt pavement should be properly prepared by repairing any damage to the pavement or its foundation. It is especially important that all asphalt crack sealing is performed before the application of the sealant. Maintaining the surface of your asphalt pavement can minimize damage and prevent the need for major repairs.
Why Is My Asphalt Crumbling, Cracking or Sagging?
Besides losing its flexibility and resilience over time through oxidation and exposure to sunlight, other factors could be damaging your asphalt pavement.
1. Petroleum-based vehicle fluids will damage the surface of the asphalt and eventually erode the internal structure down to its base. Motor oil, power steering fluid, gasoline, brake fluid and similar products should be removed as quickly as possible to prevent damage. Solvents, deicers and other corrosive chemicals should also be removed quickly.
2. Your asphalt pavement was constructed to adequately support an anticipated load requirement. Exceeding the traffic or weight limitations of the asphalt pavement can cause damage to both the surface and internal structure of the pavement.
3. Asphalt must remain waterproof to protect it from damage. Proper drainage must be maintained, so drains should be kept unobstructed. Areas that retain water should be investigated to determine the cause and repaired promptly.
4. The surface should be kept clean and free of trash and vegetation. Trash and dead vegetation can trap moisture and damage the asphalt as it decomposes. Live vegetation should be carefully removed from the asphalt surface and any damage repaired immediately.
If you need a reliable, experienced asphalt contractor to help you prolong the life of your asphalt pavement, contact All Pro Asphalt. We offer a variety of asphalt maintenance services, including sealcoating, asphalt crack sealing and filling, parking lot striping and pavement markings, asphalt paving and concrete work. We use high-quality products and the latest techniques to ensure that you will be completely satisfied with our craftsmanship. If you are interested in receiving a free quote, just call us at 816-249-6800 or submit our online request form.