5 Ways to Protect Your Asphalt
Spend a Little, Save a Lot!
1 - LIMIT HEAVY-DUTY TRAFFIC
Most parking lots and roadways are not designed to continually withstand the weight of heavy-duty vehicles.
2 - CLEAR THE DRAINS
Pooling water is one of the most damaging elements to asphalt and drainage problems should be addressed promptly. Moisture and water will decrease the durability and strength of the compacted layer between the underside of the paving and the native soil. Drain inlets must be properly maintained to avoid low or high spots which can slow water down or stop it completely. Be sure to check landscape irrigation and drainage systems on a regular basis to keep unnecessary run off from damaging the pavement.
3 - FILL THE CRACKS
Cracks allow moisture to penetrate the pavement, affecting the base and breaking down the binder in the asphalt. Crack filling will prevent these water intrusions and will redirect water into drains. As an added bonus, this will deter weeds and tree roots from growing under the pavement, preventing asphalt damage and disruption to the drainage patterns.
4 - KEEP IT CLEAN
Accumulated debris such as rocks, leaves, trash, and dirt can become abrasive, causing premature deterioration. Keeping the asphalt clean is a basic function and a very cost-effective maintenance step.
5 - REMOVE OIL STAINS
Engine oil is absorbed by asphalt, making it prone to deterioration. Cleaning and regular seal coating will extend the life of your investment by protecting the asphalt from oil or any other substances that might damage the structural integrity of the pavement surface.