Asphalt is one of the toughest and most durable road construction materials in the market today. It’s still the most popular road construction material in most parts of the world. But despite its hardiness, asphalt does not last forever. It wears out over time just like every other material. It’s also prone to destruction and damage by chemical and physical hazards. One of the most destructive agents for asphalt is water. When water comes into contact with asphalt and both elements are exposed to ultraviolet light, the process of oxidation starts and this destroys the asphalt pavement or driveway. Temperature fluctuations also cause damage to asphalt surfaces. Another major cause of damage to asphalt is heavy traffic. This is quite understandable because the more you use any roadway, pavement, or driveway; the more it comes under heavy pressure leading to structural damage. As you can see, asphalt pavements and driveways can be damaged by many things. Luckily, there are several preventative maintenance measures that you can implement, such as asphalt sealing, to prolong the lifespan of your asphalt driveway. But you should still expect some of the following defects, which indicate that you need to repair your asphalt driveway as soon as possible.
Cracks And Potholes
One of the most severe defects on any asphalt surface is massive cracks that usually deteriorate into huge potholes. Asphalt cracks can either be longitudinal or traverse. Longitudinal cracks run along the length of the asphalt surface while traverse cracks cut across the surface. Both types of cracks can cause serious damage to your asphalt driveway if not fixed on time. You should have the cracks filled as soon as they start to appear to avoid massive fractures on you asphalt driveway. Potholes should also be filled as soon they appear. They can start as tiny holes that are seemingly harmless. But if you do not fill these holes, they will continue to enlarge and finally become big and dangerous potholes on your driveway. Many Anderson road construction companies offer asphalt repair services, such as filling cracks and potholes on private driveways.
Another sign that you need to repair your asphalt driveway is standing water. If you start suffering drainage problems on your asphalt driveway, then it means that it’s badly sloped. A repair process called pavement or asphalt milling can help rectify the gradient of your asphalt driveway.
Warping Or Buckling
Heavy vehicular traffic on your asphalt driveway can cause the surface to start warping or buckling. You can fix this problem very easily if you act fast. You will just need to retouch the surface from time to time. But if you neglect this problem, you might have to replace the whole driveway.
Your asphalt driveway can start raveling or coming loose after some time. This problem can occur at the edges or boundaries or even on the surface. You should treat this problem as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs.
Asphalt cavities come in the form of cracks or fractures on your asphalt driveway. These can deteriorate into huge potholes on your driveway. Asphalt patching is the best way to fill the cracks and potholes as soon as they appear.
When your asphalt driveway hits the age of 10-15 years, repairs will be more frequent. Do not ignore any defects after this age.
Stained And Faded Surface
A stained and faded asphalt driveway can be restored through sealcoating. You can also decide to repave your driveway for that new glossy look.