Asphalt paved driveways, walkways and roads offer real value; they are economical, quick to construct, long lasting and offer excellent ride quality. Asphalt is made up of rock, sand, and aggregates, held together by asphalt cement (binder) that behaves like a glue. However, asphalt is subject to distresses, particularly when poor materials or sloppy construction methods are used. By understanding the causes of asphalt cracking and problems, it can help you to lessen the potential for cracking and what can be done to increase the life span.
- UV Rays. The sun breaks down the binder, so when you start to see a lot of loose gravel, you know that the asphalt cement is breaking down.
- Oxidation. Fresh asphalt has a black charcoal color and flexes under varying traffic loads. Oxygen exposure fades the color from black to gray, the asphalt cement breaks down, causing your asphalt to lose its flexibility and crack under vehicle loads. When you notice signs of fading, contact your sealcoating contractor.
- Heavy Vehicles. Large trucks put a lot of weight on your asphalt, and once the asphalt begins to oxidize, cracking occurs. Follow the sealcoating contractors suggested guidelines regarding resealing.
- Oil Stains. Oil eats through the asphalt and degrades it. If not addressed quickly, it seeps into the asphalt and becomes difficult to repair and can be costly. Have stains cleaned up quickly.
- Water. If you already have cracks, water will seep under the asphalt creating drainage problems and makes the pavement’s ability to carry traffic load decrease, thereby causing more pot holes, alligator, and edge cracks. Fix cracks as soon as you notice them.
The earlier you identify any damage, the sooner you can have it treated to prevent further damage to your asphalt. Your sealcoating/asphalt contractor can take the appropriate corrective action to repair the pavement and extend its life.
Randazzo Line Striping
Pavement Marking, Sealcoating, Crack Sealing
Serving the Flemington NJ,
Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer, Bucks Counties, PA & surrounding areas.
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