Protecting Your Asphalt

Asphalt is one of the best materials for paving. Pavement that has been laid properly can last for years. The limestone aggregate and the bitumen have many different qualities that make it perfect for parking lots and roads. It can flex with weather conditions and it is simply a durable material. No matter how well it is laid, there are going to be problems that arise, and when those problems come up it is best to take care of them as soon as possible. Here are a few things to consider when you are looking to get your asphalt repaired. 

Sealcoating

When you sealcoat your asphalt, you are protecting the investment that you made in getting the asphalt laid down. The sealcoat is going to protect your asphalt, but it is also going to make it much more aesthetically pleasing. Periodic commercial sealcoating can increase asphalt lifetime by approximately five to ten times. However, you are going to want to make sure that you get a high quality sealcoating because a low quality sealant will start to wear off in a matter of just a few years. There is a wide range of quality on the market today. In combination with superior application techniques, make sure the contractor uses the toughest industrial grade asphalt sealants.

Hot Rubber Crack Sealing

When your asphalt starts to see some cracks it can be because of many different problems. However, it is important that you fix these cracks as soon as possible because they can be bad for the life of your asphalt. No matter how well the asphalt was laid you will get a few cracks, so be on the lookout and act quickly. If you repair them quickly and properly, you help prevent any more damage. One of the best ways to seal the cracks is to have a contractor use a hot rubber sealant. The hot, 400 degree rubber is poured into the crack and seals it up from water and other debris. 

Hot Asphalt Repair

Eventually you are going to have problems with your asphalt that need extra consideration. Things like potholes can cause major damage to vehicles. Once again you need to make sure that you are acting as quickly as possible to fix the problem area. You will find that the contractor will have a variety of different ways to fix the major problem areas. They can patch the area with new asphalt, cut out the problem area and lay new asphalt, or use a few other techniques. You will have to discuss the options with your contractor.


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