Simple Ways Business Owners Can Keep Their Asphalt In Better Condition

As a business owner, you have a number of responsibilities on your hands. Don't forget to overlook your asphalt surfaces. Preventing major damage to your asphalt parking lot or other surfaces begins with you. There are a number of processes you should perform to keep the asphalt in better condition and help minimize the need for costly repairs. Make sure you know what practices to engage in.

Asphalt Drainage

All parking lots or other asphalt covered areas need sufficient drainage systems in place. When it rains or snows, the excess moisture will leave standing water on the surface. Standing water slowly breaks down the asphalt, causing cracks to form that allow the water to seep into the deeper layers of the pavement, causing even greater damage. If you're noticing pooling water on your asphalt, it's time to update the drainage system.

Sealcoat

Sealcoating is a process that needs to be repeated in order to maintain its integrity and keep the asphalt in good condition. The climate you live in will offer the greatest indication of how often you need to reapply the sealcoat. In a warmer climate, reapplication should take place around every four years. If a colder climate, the harsh effects of frequent freeze and thaw cycles will require that you reapply the sealcoat at least every two years.

Cleaning

Make an effort to keeping the parking lot clean. There are a number of everyday pollutants that can damage asphalt. Grease, gas and oil are all considered destructive materials that breakdown the sealcoat of the asphalt and cause the asphalt to soften, increasing the risk of potholes. The longer these substances are allowed to fester on the ground, the greater the damage. Ensure that regular cleaning is a part of your maintenance plan.

Cracks

If you see a crack on the asphalt, don't overlook it. Cracks are both a sign that there is an underlying problem going on and often a prelude of greater damage to come. Your prompt attention is important. Cracks can appear when there is deterioration in the base or sub-base or the asphalt is weakening. Failure to have the crack repaired will cause it to spread and cause any underlying damage to progress at a faster pace. Repair the area with an asphalt patch to avoid future problems. 

Working with an asphalt repair contractor can help ensure you're meeting the needs of your asphalt to keep it in better condition for a longer period of time.  


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