Asphalt is a very popular commercial paving material due to its flexibility, water-resistance, aesthetic appeal, and exceptional adhesive capabilities. These properties make asphalt pavement a valuable asset that must be preserved and maintained with care. It will be susceptible to cracking, fading and instability. Asphalt pavements are durable and beautiful with regular preventative maintenance. This is ideal not only for investment purposes but also for liability. Continue reading if your property is involved to learn about the best asphalt maintenance and care methods.
While each property’s asphalt maintenance needs will be different, the general purpose of asphalt maintenance remains the same: to maintain its beauty and prolong its useful life. You can do some of the paving maintenance tasks yourself or hire a staff member to assist you, but others require skilled professionals. Pavement maintenance should include simple tasks such as cleaning, crack filling and pothole repair. Asphalt pavements are susceptible to wear and tear from weather, chemicals salts, weather and other elements, which can shorten their life span and lower their aesthetic value.
Asphalt Seal Coating
Sealcoating are emulsions which are applied to pavements and brushed or sprayed. They protect against moisture and other threats. There are many types and brands of commercial sealcoats. However, the most popular include chip seal emulsions (fog seal), slurry lock, and slurry. Some sealcoats are water-based. This makes them easier to spread. However, there is also waterless version that uses organic or botanical oils or hydrocarbons solvents.
The seal coating will not work if the asphalt pavement is damaged or old. In some cases, it might be cheaper to repair and replace asphalt pavements in poor condition. It is a good idea to re-seal asphalt periodically if it’s in good condition. Talk to your trusted Paving Contractor for a professional recommendation regarding your asphalt’s maintenance requirements and sealcoating schedule. They will tell you what your property needs, and at what intervals. The cost to sealcoat your asphalt will vary depending upon the square footage and condition of the pavement.