3 Paving Maintenance Needs To Add To Your Budget

Most pavement materials will require a certain degree of maintenance at some point in their life, and some materials will require more maintenance than others. This is because they experience wear at a much faster rate. Asphalt, the most common paving material, is one of the materials that require a significant level of maintenance. Since it's the most commonly used paving material, it's important to look at how you need to keep it in good condition.

Sealcoating

Sealcoating is a preventive maintenance method that is used to protect asphalt from various elements, including oil, water, and ultraviolet light to help extend the lifespan of your asphalt pavement.

Some experts recommend that seal coating should be applied every 3 to 5 years. However, the actual lifespan of the coating will be determined by factors such as:

  • Traffic volume
  • Presence of overhead vegetation
  • Use by heavy-duty vehicles
  • Tire chains
  • Winter temperatures

There are three main types of materials that can be used to seal your asphalt: refined tar-base, petroleum-base, and asphalt base sealing. Different contractors will have their own preferred sealing material when you reach out to them.

Crack Sealing

The appearance of cracks in concrete is not a new problem. This issue has been there since the early days, and one of the reasons why the problem is so common is the drastic temperature changes experienced in many parts of the country.

Cracks must be sealed as quickly as possible. If cracks are not sealed, water can find its way into the crack, resulting in a lot of damage in case the water freezes later.

There are different sealants that can be used for sealing cracks. Sealants that are more flexible are usually chosen for cool climates. Sealing should be done by a paving contractor since special equipment will be required.

Pothole Repair

Potholes are also not uncommon on asphalt pavements. These are usually the result of structural failures in the road surface.

A structural failure in asphalt can be caused by the presence of water in the soil structure underneath the pavement and heavy traffic passing over the pavement. The combination of water and traffic causes weakness and fatigue, which eventually compromises the support of the asphalt surface. When more traffic passes over the damaged area, asphalt and soil are ejected, creating a hole.

Potholes can be repaired using either a semi-permanent or a temporary patch. Temporary patches are used when the weather doesn't favor the other option.

If your asphalt needs repairs or new seal coating, contact a professional repair service, such as New England Paving.

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