If you have recently had an asphalt driveway, asphalt parking lot, asphalt blacktop, or private asphalt road installed, you may want to learn how you can extend the life of your asphalt's surface for as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help you extend the life of your asphalt's surface.
1. Use a Sealcoat on Your Asphalt's Surface
One of the best ways that you can protect asphalt and extend its lifespan is to use a sealcoat on it. A sealcoat helps to seal the porous asphalt, helping to prevent water from seeping through the surface. This can prevent cracks from forming and can protect the ground from eroding under the surface, causing potholes. A sealcoat also helps to reflect UV rays from the sun, decreasing fading and sun damage to the surface. Sealcoat needs to routinely be reapplied, so coat your surface and then have it reapplied to keep your surface protected.
2. Have Your Surface Regularly Inspected and Maintained
Another tip that can help to extend the life of your asphalt's surface is to have your surface regularly inspected and maintained. The surface should be professionally inspected every two years, as well as immediately if you notice cracks or potholes developing on the surface. If damage is noticed, you will also want to make sure you have repairs made quickly. Failing to make repairs in a timely manner can lead to further damage, which may shorten the lifespan of the surface.
3. Be Cautious When Using Salt and De-Icers
The final tip to help extend the lifespan of your asphalt's surface is to use caution when using salt and de-icing products. Not every de-icing product is safe to use on an asphalt surface. Some can damage your sealcoat, while others can damage the asphalt surface itself. Always read the packaging to see if a specific de-icing agent is safe for asphalt surfaces.
The actions you take can have a direct impact on the lifespan of your asphalt's surface. Using a sealcoat on your asphalt's surface, having the surface routinely inspected and maintained, and being mindful and cautious of the salt or de-icing products that you use can all help to decrease major damage that can shorten the life of asphalt. Talk to the asphalt paving service who installed your new surface about other specific tips based on the area you live in and the asphalt mixture that was used.
To learn more, contact your local asphalt paving services.