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Asphalt pavement is a highly durable material for roadways, highways, and parking lots and makes up nearly 94% of American roads according to the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Like any other material, person or thing, there are the good and the bad, the friend and the foe. Asphalt pavement has FIVE antagonists that cause grief, but do not worry, the parking lot protectors American Asphalt Company can save your asphalt surface.

Here are the five asphalt antagonists:

Sunlight

Just like we protect our skin from the UV rays by applying sunblock, asphalt pavement also needs to be protected as well. Sealcoating is the best way to protect your parking lot from UV rays damage and your parking lot should be sealcoated 1-2 years after initial paving and thereafter; every 3-5 years.

Water

While water is great for most things in our environment, it wreaks havoc on asphalt. Most parking lots and roadways are designed to sweep the water away from the asphalt surface but if a parking lot is not properly maintained, the water will seep through cracks and weaken the pavement. During the winter seasons, the freeze-thaw cycles will cause the water to expand and contract to permitting the cracks to then form into potholes.

The best way to prevent surface water from further damaging the asphalt surface is to crack fill and sealcoat. Crack filling will prevent the water from seeping beneath the surface and seal coating will allow the water to sail away, rather than sink beneath the surface.

Vehicles

Heavily trafficked roadways, highways, and parking lots can negatively impact the asphalt pavement. Large trucks can substantially diminish the durability and lifespan of roadways and parking lots. When trucks and other vehicles move slow, stop and go, or are parked for long periods of time, the probability of damage is increased.

It is important to consult with an asphalt paving expert like American Asphalt Company when considering the type of parking lot and asphalt pavement surface needed for business usage. It is important to consider the type of usage of your parking lot because the cost of repairs change. If your parking lot is handling heavier trucks and vehicles, a thicker asphalt base will be used, as opposed to a general retail parking lot where cars typically come and go.

Oil

Oil and fuel stains are not only unsightly, but they will quickly deteriorate the life of the pavement surface. Sealcoat material can’t stick to those types of fluids, decreasing the protection of the asphalt. If not properly repaired, just like water, the oil and other vehicle fluids will penetrate beneath the surface and loosen the aggregate causing the asphalt to crumble.

The best way to clean prevent the oils from penetrating beneath the surface is by cleaning the stains utilizing household items like dish soap, water, scrub brush, and a little elbow grease. Cleaning the areas of debris and stains will extend the asphalt surface life.

Roots & Foliage

Tree roots and foliage are attracted to water which means that they can and will grow beneath the asphalt surface uprooting the asphalt causing cracks, bumps, and uneven pavement. Debris and leaves sitting on the asphalt and blocking inlets also cause damage, allowing the water to sit and not properly drain in turn, which can cause sinkholes by inlets.

Regularly checking out the inlets and clearing them from debris and foliage will allow the way to run off and not sit on the asphalt surface. It is equally important to crack sealing and seal coat to prevent these roots and foliage from further growing and causing more damage.

Parking lot maintenance services like crack sealing, sealcoating, and repairing potholes will prevent liabilities to both vehicles and pedestrians. Regularly maintaining the asphalt surface will keep your parking lot fresh, inviting and save you money over time. If you’re in need of asphalt repairs, contact the parking lot protectors, American Asphalt Company for your complimentary parking lot assessment 856-456-2899.