Understand How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Asphalt Investment
Asphalt has a lifespan of around 20-25 years if you take care of it properly. Maintaining your asphalt may be time-consuming and tedious work, but asphalt is not just what your customers drive on; it’s money you put into your business, an investment. If you don’t maintain the asphalt pavement on your commercial property, you will have to resurface the asphalt every few years and spend additional time and money. So, if we’ve got your attention now, you may be wondering how do you maintain your asphalt to get the best ROI on your investment?
Florida’s weather can impact your commercial driveway and parking lot immensely by speeding up the process of wear and tear. The heat, rain, and humidity that we experience in Florida are a major threat to asphalt pavement. Intense heat can cause asphalt to swelter and crack, exposing the sub-surface layers to rain which then erodes that layer creating a pothole. Humidity is also an agent that speeds up this process and causes additional cracks in your asphalt. To avoid damage from heat and other oxidizing elements, apply sealcoating one year after asphalt installation. Sealcoating will add another layer of protection to your pavement’s surface. In addition, Sealcoating is an asphalt emulsion sealer, so it will also rejuvenate the appearance of your asphalt pavement.
Asphalt patching is another maintenance solution to slow down the erosion of asphalt. As we mentioned, small cracks can grow more prominent if they aren’t fixed. Water and humidity can worsen the problem, so it is crucial to patch up cracks as soon as alligator lines appear. Asphalt patching is done by filling cracks and potholes with asphalt to restore the look and reinforce the pavement’s durability and lifespan. Patching cracks is a quicker, easier and more cost-effective solution than replacing your entire asphalt pavement.
Increasing the lifespan of your asphalt investment starts with making the right choice for your asphalt paving contractor. Quality asphalt paving adds years to the lifespan. It’s more durable and, when done right, looks professional and clean. A good asphalt contractor will also help maintain your asphalt by offering maintenance solutions when the time is right.
Southern Asphalt Engineering will help increase the lifespan of your commercial property by offering quality asphalt pavement application and checking in when it’s time to perform maintenance solutions on your property. For a free quote, contact us today!