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.