Whether used as a street, parking lot, or driveway paving material, a pristine expanse of asphalt has a great deal of visual appeal. However, time, traffic, and the elements can sometimes begin to affect your pavement’s aesthetics in as little as two years. What is even worse is that the same forces that affect the appearance of your pavement can also lead to its premature demise. If you want your asphalt pavement to have a long, beautiful life, you need to make sure that it receives the professional maintenance that it requires. Although you may think that all of your asphalt maintenance tasks should be scheduled for the summer months, there are tasks that should be performed in every season.
Why Asphalt Maintenance Is a Year-Round Process
How Should I Maintain My Asphalt Pavement in the Spring?
The first task you should schedule in the spring is a thorough inspection of your pavement; you can conduct the inspection yourself or ask a Bensalem asphalt paving contractor to evaluate your pavement. Do not be shocked if you find that your pavement suffered over the winter. Freezing and thawing of the ground beneath your pavement could cause cracks to develop, and you might even find a pothole or two. Chemical deicing agents could have left a residue or damaged your sealcoating. Make a note of any issues you find, then call a reputable contractor to make the repairs. This would also be a great time to ask your contractor to evaluate your pavement’s drainage. It is never a good idea to allow water to pool on the surface of an asphalt pavement. Existing drains should be checked to ensure that they are not clogged, and additional drains should be installed if necessary. Small depressions in the pavement that allow water to collect can often be corrected by a procedure known as asphalt milling.
How Should I Maintain My Asphalt Pavement in the Summer?
Summer is typically the busiest season for driveway and parking lot maintenance contractors. If your pavement needs to be sealed, summer is the best season. However, the temperatures may not allow sealcoating before the last half of May. Once the weather is warm enough, the best sealcoating contractors tend to be in great demand, so you will want to get on your contractor’s schedule before he is completely booked. If you need parking lot sealcoating, you will also need new asphalt striping and pavement markings. Many parking lot maintenance contractors can perform both the sealcoating and the striping. If your sealcoating contractor does not offer both services, be sure to schedule a striping contractor to perform the work. The summer months are also ideal for installing an asphalt overlay.
How Should I Maintain My Asphalt Pavement in the Fall?
One of your primary goals should be to make sure that your pavement is ready for winter. You or your contractor should conduct a complete inspection of your pavement. If there are any open cracks or potholes, they need to be repaired before the temperatures begin to fall. If you were unable to have your pavement sealed earlier in the year, you may still have time. However, in the Philadelphia area, many sealcoating contractors are reluctant to apply sealants after the first few days of October. It all depends on the weather and the scope of your job, so it never hurts to ask if your pavement needs the protection. You also want to make sure that your pavement enters the winter months as clean as possible. Clear away dead leaves, trash, and other debris. If you find oil stains on your pavement, clean them.
How Should I Maintain My Asphalt Pavement in the Winter?
There are not many asphalt maintenance procedures that contractors can perform during the winter, but there are some temporary repairs that may be possible in an emergency. If your pavement has been properly winterized, there are really just two things that are important. The first thing is to ask your contractor to recommend a deicing agent that is safe for sealcoating and asphalt pavements, then use it sparingly. The second thing will only apply if you need to have your pavement plowed. Make sure that you hire an experienced company for the job. When handled by a careless or incompetent operator, a snowplow can inflict serious damage on your asphalt pavement. If set too low, the blade can scrape away your sealcoating, gouge your pavement, or tear away chunks of the asphalt used to seal cracks or repair potholes.
At C&C Super Seal, we specialize in the maintenance of asphalt pavements for residential and commercial customers in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks counties. Our services include sealcoating, thermoplastic line striping, asphalt resurfacing, bollard installation, asphalt striping, asphalt crack repair, snow removal, and asphalt pothole repair. We are known for providing exceptional work at competitive rates. We would be happy to help you design a year-round paving maintenance program that is tailored to your specific pavement. To get started, request a free quote by submitting the online form or calling our office at 267-223-9906.