Asphalt Basics

20
Jul

Asphalt: we see it everywhere, without realizing all of the care that goes into it. If you have an asphalt parking lot or driveway, it is important that you use the right materials and take great care of it. Caring for asphalt requires knowledge and dedication on your part. That said, it is certainly not an impossible task, especially if you have a team of experienced professionals on your side. Below, you will find tips on how to properly repair and maintain your asphalt. If you give your asphalt the TLC it needs, it will last for years to come.

Anderson seal coatingMake Sure To Seal Your Asphalt

Having your asphalt sealed is one of the most important maintenance steps that you can take. When you apply a coat of sealant to your asphalt, you protect your asphalt from the harmful effects of sunlight and water. This step alone adds several years to the life of your asphalt. It is not a “one and done” process though. We recommend sealing your asphalt every couple of years. Newly poured asphalt should be sealed within the first year (but after 3 months have passed, so the asphalt has time to set). This is definitely not a job that you want to take on alone. Call an Anderson sealing company to give your asphalt the protection it needs.

Keep Your Asphalt Clean

One of the simplest (though very important) maintenance tasks that you can perform is to clear your asphalt of any rocks, leaves, dirt, or other debris. This task requires no expert knowledge, simply the motivation to get out there and clean. The reason that this is so important is that debris impedes the flow of water over your asphalt. When water pools, it creates cracks and fissures in the asphalt. By keeping the asphalt clean and dry, you have already extended the life of the product.

Make Repairs Quickly

There is a chance that, despite your best maintenance efforts, you will find that repairs need to be made. Often, this results from extreme shifts in temperature, which can cause asphalt to buckle and crack. If this happens, have repairs made quickly. A small crack can very suddenly become a large crack, which can in turn become an even larger one. It is best to call an asphalt company right away if repairs are needed. An asphalt company will be able to quickly assess the damage and make the necessary repairs.

A Note On Recycled Asphalt

We highly recommend that you use recycled asphalt, as opposed to asphalt made from scratch. Why? For one thing, recycled asphalt tends to be a lot cheaper. Recycled asphalt is also much better for the environment than regular asphalt. Even though it is cheaper, recycled asphalt still has the durability and structural integrity of regular asphalt. There are many companies who specialize in installing recycled asphalt for driveways and lots. If you are thinking of having asphalt installed on your property, call one of these companies today.