Seven Tips to Increase the Lifespan of Your Asphalt Pavement
If you have recently installed a new asphalt pavement on your commercial or residential premises, it is important to ensure that it lasts for a long time. Pavements constructed using quality materials can last for 15 to 20 years with good care. A preventive maintenance program can postpone the need for reconstruction and help you save money in the long run.
Bytown Paving has been providing professional project management services to both commercial and residential customers since 1989. Our owners and managers have been working in the construction and hard landscaping industry for more than 30 years. Our approach to scheduling, custom design and project management is efficient and straightforward.
In this blog post, our technicians discuss tips to extend the lifespan of asphalt pavements.
1. Sweeping up debris
Don’t let trash such as leaves, rocks and dirt accumulate on your pavement. Debris can redirect or block rain water’s natural run-off pattern. The asphalt pavement could soak up the water and make it soft, leading to the formation of cracks. Sweeping off debris can avoid this and keep your pavement looking well maintained.
2. Surveying for inadequate or improper drainage
If you notice a lot of standing water, install a drain to correct the problem. This is more convenient and affordable than completely replacing the asphalt surfaces.
3. Keep vegetation in check
Vegetation growth can get out of control if proper steps aren’t taken to keep it in check. The roots of weeds can spread underneath your pavement, ultimately causing cracks. This creates openings for water to seep through, causing major damage.
4. Filling cracks
As mentioned above, cracks allow water to seep into the pavement. Filling cracks helps in delaying asphalt deterioration.
5. Removing oil stains
Oil drips from vehicles can break down asphalt bonding, soften it and leave it vulnerable to wear and tear. From industrial to home-based cleaners, you can try several solutions to remove oil from asphalt.
6. Reorganizing parking lines
If you notice that high traffic is resulting in some areas of your pavement wearing down, it’s better to reduce the number of vehicles that travel through such areas by redirecting them.
Create separate lanes for large vehicles such as delivery trucks, garbage trucks and over-the-road trucks. Their weight can add a lot of stress on your pavement.
7. Occasionally apply sealcoat
A sealcoat acts as a layer of protection for your pavement. The amount of sealcoat required depends largely on the frequency of maintenance, weather elements and usage. A sealcoat not only seals holes and cracks but also helps retain the asphalt’s aggregate.
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At Bytown Paving, our professionals can help take care of the in-depth maintenance and repair work for your asphalt pavements. We believe that continued success only occurs when our clients are satisfied with a job well done. With every new project, we provide clear contracts explaining what to expect before we begin our work.
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