Asphalt is a durable and cost-effective material that is often chosen for parking lots, roads, and driveways. Over time, though, asphalt can develop cracks or become damaged due to exposure to the elements or regular wear and tear.
Here are some tips for preventing asphalt cracking and what to look for as a sign you need asphalt patching or repair:
- Regular Cleaning and Maintenance: Very small amounts of debris, dirt, sand, or leaves can degrade asphalt over time. This is why keeping the pavement clean by regularly sweeping away debris and hosing down the asphalt with water can prevent cracks and damage.
- Evenly Distributed Weight: While this may pose challenges for parking lots or roads, minimizing damage to asphalt driveways is possible by changing the location of vehicles so that weight is evenly distributed. Over time, repeated stress on the same areas can weaken and eventually crack the asphalt. By periodically parking in different spots, you can reduce the amount of sustained stress on sections of the pavement.
- Professional Asphalt Patching and Sealcoating: To prevent cracks, you should work with a professional paving and grading company to add a fresh coat of sealer to your asphalt every two to three years. Sealcoating protects against oxidation, oils, chemicals, water, and UV rays. Patching is also recommended for any cracks, depressions, or holes.
At R & R Paving and Grading, we offer professional crack repair, resurfacing, and sealcoating to ensure the longevity of your parking lot or driveway. Contact us today to learn more about our asphalt patching and repair services.