Asphalt pavement is pretty tough, but without asphalt patching, it can lose value fast, especially during cold and rainy months.
Learning when you need asphalt patching will not only improve the look of your pavement, but it will also protect it from further damage. But how can you tell when asphalt patching is the answer and when you just need a little bit of maintenance?
Damages to Asphalt
While asphalt is one of the most durable pavement options, it still needs maintenance and care to keep it functioning well.
Here in Utah, the roads and parking lots undergo a lot of stress. From icy winters to sweltering summers, it’s amazing that the asphalt lasts as long as it does.
The most damaging element, though, is not the temperature — it’s water. Water seeps into asphalt through small cracks and erodes the rocks and cement in the mixture. These small cracks slowly start to grow larger, and may turn into potholes.
Another dangerous element is oil. Oil sits on the surface of asphalt and slowly degrades it. If you notice oil on your surface, be sure to clean it off as soon as possible.
You can take some other preventive measures to avoid excess cracking and damage as well.
First, it’s important to keep your parking lot free of puddles and standing water. If water is not properly draining off your lot after a rain, you should get the situation addressed.
Second, you need to schedule regular sealing appointments. In areas with higher precipitation and more traffic, you’ll need more frequent visits.
Even with the best preventive care, your pavement will crack. Don’t worry though; you won’t have to replace the entire parking lot. Instead, if you notice serious cracks in your parking lot or road, make an appointment for patching.
Asphalt patching can be used to fix large cracks and potholes, both of which can be unsightly for your business and annoying for your customers.
If that’s not enough to motivate you to get them fixed fast, maybe this will: The longer you wait to get your trouble areas fixed, the more costly they will become.
Once a crack has started to grow, it won’t stop. Rain and snow will continue to seep in and further erode it.
Find an Asphalt Specialist Today
If it’s time to patch your asphalt, it’s time to call us at Renaissance Asphalt Services. Not only will we fix your parking lot and roadway, but we’ll make sure the repair blends in.
Don’t settle for inexperienced asphalt specialists that don’t know what they’re doing. Call us and learn how our hard-earned experience gets the job done and looks good as well.