Asphalt is durable and can withstand extreme temperatures. With regular maintenance, asphalt pavements can last up to 15-20 years. Custom Blacktop Co. provides asphalt paving and repair services for your driveways and parking lots in Vancouver. With over 40 years of experience in the industry. We provide paving for BMX, skateboard tracks, tennis courts and all types of athletic courts in Lower Mainland.
Here are five tips to extend the lifespan of your asphalt pavement:
1. Seal Coat
Sealcoating helps protect your asphalt pavement from sun and water damage. Exposure to oxygen can result in oxidation of asphalt. This process makes your asphalt pavement brittle. A seal coat not only provides a smooth surface but also acts as a waterproof coat and helps slow down the oxidation process. A professional contractor will be able to carry out the seal coating procedure much more effectively. Make sure no foot or vehicular traffic passes through the pavement for a minimum of 24 hours after applying the seal coat.
2. Fix Cracks
Fix cracks in your asphalt pavement immediately as they can cause water to seep into your pavements. Clean your pavement thoroughly to get rid of weeds, dirt and debris before filling cracks.
3. Prevent Water Damages
Water affects the durability of your asphalt pavement. Apply seal coat, fill pavement cracks on time and perform asphalt patching to protect your pavement from water damages.
4. Fix the Drainage System
Improper drainage can damage your asphalt pavement and might result in the formation of potholes. Poor drainage also weakens your pavement base. Install a drain tile below your pavement to help direct the drainage water to the sewer system.
5. Avoid Heavy Traffic
Without proper maintenance, heavy continuous vehicle traffic can deteriorate your pavement. If you notice certain worn out areas on your pavement, change the traffic patterns for heavy vehicles (garbage or delivery trucks). Detect if there are any damages to your pavement and hire a professional contractor for repair.
Your asphalt pavement’s life depends on factors such as climate, timely maintenance and heavy traffic received. Here are some additional maintenance tips that can extend the lifetime of your asphalt paving:
Inspect your pavement for any signs of wear and tear
Clean any debris and garbage from your pavement surface
Clean fuel and oil spills immediately as they can damage your asphalt pavement. Oil tends to break asphalt bonds causing wear and tear
Contact Custom Blacktop Co. for asphalt repair and maintenance. We also provide consultation and comprehensive paving services, including excavation and grading.