Asphalt paving is an economical and environmentally friendly choice for any paved surface that needs to be durable, attractive, and safe. Whether you need a parking lot for a major shopping mall, a driveway for a suburban home, or a busy boulevard to connect residents to local businesses, asphalt is versatile enough to be an ideal choice. Regardless of whether your pavement covers several acres or just a few square feet, you probably would like for it to last as long as possible. If so, you should consider using the CIRM method: clean, inspect, repair, and maintain.
How Can I Make My Asphalt Pavement Last Longer?
Why Does a Clean Asphalt Pavement Last Longer?
From dead leaves to trash, debris can trap water next to the pavement, giving moisture ample opportunity to seep deep into the structure and destabilize the foundation. Gravel, sand, and other abrasives can wear away the sealcoating that protects asphalt pavement from UV rays, fading, and other types of damage. Oil, diesel, gas, and other petrochemicals can chew through your sealcoating and turn your pavement soft and crumbly. Keeping your pavement clean can help you avoid damage from these sources, reducing your need for a street, parking lot, or driveway repair. A clean pavement will also help during the next step.
How Do I Inspect My Asphalt Pavement?
A thorough inspection can help you identify little issues that could turn into big problems. Most asphalt paving contractors can inspect your pavement, but you can also perform your own inspection. Two or three times each year, take a good look at your pavement. If you are inspecting your driveway paving, move your vehicles temporarily. If you are inspecting a parking lot, choose a day when the number of cars in your lot will be the fewest. Look for cracks, sunken areas, and damage around the drainage grates and pavement edges. Take notes or pictures of any problems you find.
When Should I Repair My Asphalt Pavement?
It is always best to call a paving company for repairs as soon as you notice damage to your pavement, especially if the damage is a break that could allow water penetration to occur. At the very least, you should have repairs made annually. Having a reputable contractor repair a crack while it is less than an inch wide will be an economical way to avoid a pothole repair or foundation reconstruction.
What Is Asphalt Maintenance?
Although the type and use of the pavement will determine the specifics, an effective asphalt maintenance program usually includes all of the above as well as sealcoating. Sealcoating can often double the useful life of an asphalt pavement if it is combined with timely repairs. If you are having your parking lot sealed, you might want to choose a contractor who also offers lot striping and pavement marking among his paving services; sealcoating will cover your existing paint.
Where Do I Start?
Your first step will be to find a trustworthy, experienced paving contractor. At C&C Super Seal, we are proud of the reputation we have built. We are known for our craftsmanship, customer service, and professionalism. Our services include asphalt paving, crack repair, sealcoating, painted and thermoplastic striping and markings, and pothole repair. You can request a free quote by completing our online request form or calling 267-223-9906.