Asphalt pavement is one of the most common materials used to surface driveways and parking lots. It is a very durable and appealing choice for homeowners and business owners alike when deciding on a parking surface.
Like any paving material out there, asphalt pavement will degrade over time. Its initial durability will not last forever. Exposure to sunlight, chemicals and the outside elements are top contributors to asphalt degradation:
-Sunlight and Air cause asphalt to oxidize and turn brittle over time. Strength is lost
and asphalt starts to shed stones and gravel.
-Oil and Gas dissolve the asphalt causing unsightly stains and loss of strength.
-Water finds its way under the asphalt through cracks or potholes caused by
weakness in asphalt or poor subgrade. Water under the pavement accelerates
Contacting a professional to perform semi-routine pavement maintenance will slow the aging process of your asphalt surface. Asphalt sealcoating and crack sealing is a way to combat premature asphalt failure by giving the asphalt protection. The longer you can go without major cracks and pavement failure, the happier you will be. Pavement failure just means having to incur the large cost of total replacement and that is no fun!