Just like with anything else, normal wear and tear happens to asphalt pavement. Normal wear and tear happens due to heavy traffic. The more weight and pressure that is put on asphalt pavement, the quicker it deteriorates. If it is a heavy trafficked area, the wear and tare can happen faster. In addition, UV rays bare down on the pavement, loosening the binder that holds the pavement together. All of this is natural and happens due to natural causes.
However, there are some things that can cause asphalt pavement to deteriorate prematurely.
First, if the foundation is not set correctly, it can cause premature deterioration. You want to make sure there is a solid sub base that the pavement is laid on. If there are already cracks in the sub base or if it is uneven and incorrectly compacted, it can cause cracks to appear on the pavement.
Second, if there is no proper irrigation the this can cause premature deterioration. Water can cause damage to asphalt pavement and if there is no place for the water to go to, it will pool on top of the pavement and eventually find its way down through to the base. When having asphalt pavement done, it is important that the asphalt contractor ensure a proper irrigation channel for the water. If not this can cause much unwanted pooling or flooding which can be a nuisance to you and cause damage to your asphalt pavement.
Third, asphalt must be laid at the right temperature and it must be above 50 degrees. If it is not laid properly it can lead to premature deterioration.
Pavement, like anything else, will eventually deteriorate, but you want to make sure that you get the full use of your pavement. It is important that you contact a trusted pavement professional to do your pavement work. It is an investment that you want done right the first time. Give us a call today and let us know about your pavement needs. We’ll come out and take the time to understand the job to make sure it is done right.
Sealcoating is an important maintenance step for your asphalt pavement. Sealcoating provides a protective layer that helps to keep your pavement safe from the elements. This helps to increase the life span of your asphalt pavement. However, sealcoating cannot be completed all times of the year.
The biggest issue with sealcoating is that it must be fully dried for the process to be completed. If it is not fully dried then it can mess up the sealcoat and the protective benefits are removed. So it is important that the sealant is put on during a time that it can fully dry.
The 2 things that help the drying process for sealcoating are the sun and heat. The hotter it is the faster the sealcoat dries. Also the longer that the sun is out, the faster it is able to dry. As fall comes and the days get shorter, it takes longer for sealcoating to dry. It is important that sealcoating is applied at temperatures above 50 degrees and that it remains above 50 degrees during the drying process.
As with any pavement job, you are at the mercy of weather to get the job done. A job can be planned out, but if the weather is not cooperating then the job may be pushed back. It is best to get the job done right, rather than pushing ahead when the weather can cause some problems to the process. In the realm of sealcoating, you have to protect against rain which would cause problems. As the days get shorter and colder, it takes longer for sealcoating to dry, meaning that you have to take note of the weather for several days before deciding to have the job done.
It is important that you work with a trusted paving professional who will be honest about whether it is a good idea to sealcoat based on the weather.
Next year plan ahead and get sealcoating on your calendar before it gets too cold!
Atlanta’s weather is so fickle and can change drastically week to week. Last week’s snow came as a surprise as the weather was quite pleasant until just before the snow. This past week has been colder than most as this cold front has remained.
What does this mean for your asphalt pavement and how does the cold affect your pavement?
The most dangerous part of the winter season is that the winter cold causes water to freeze. As water freezes, it expands. If water is in your asphalt pavement then it can cause cracks. The freezing and thawing of water can cause major damages in your asphalt pavement.
So how can you guard against the damages that winter might bring?
First, you want to make sure that your pavement is sealcoated before the winter season. Sealcoating must be done when the temperature is 50 degrees or higher. It is best to get your sealcoating done in the spring, but it can be done up until the fall season. Sealcoating is a preventative measure that helps protect your pavement from having water penetrate, keeping the freeze and thaw cycle from hurting your pavement.
The second thing is to make sure that any current cracks are filled. Make sure that the cracks you see are getting taken care of before further damage happens. Once cracks start to form water can infiltrate and the freezing and thawing process can cause those cracks to get bigger.
Third, make sure to remove all debris and dirt prior to any potential snow. We don’t get much snow here in Atlanta so we are not always the best accustomed to preparing for snow. If snow is on the horizon it is best to clear all debris from the pavement. This way if it does snow and the snow melts it wont take any of the debris with it as it may run into some unforeseen cracks in your pavement.
Fourth, clear away the snow with a shovel to keep any water from pooling once the snow begins to melt. Keeping water from pooling, no matter what time of year is very important to keep cracks from forming.
If you do have a pothole it is important that you take care of that quick before other damages come.
If you have any questions on how to best protect your asphalt pavement, make sure to give us a call! 770-629-0496