Asphalt paving is the most commonly used material for road projects in the entire world. It is everywhere – from suburban neighbourhoods to highways and forest trails. While asphalt paving is known for its durability, it too is vulnerable to deterioration from the elements. Contributors like rain, sunshine, snow, chemicals and petroleum products can cut the life of asphalt short. Paving a surface with asphalt is an investment and there are some things you can do to greatly reduce the damage and lengthen the life of your paving.
Although this isn’t much of a worry during the summer months, areas that are more tropical and prone to heavy summer waterfall should take extra care in preventative methods. Investing in proper asphalt maintenance such as sealcoating surfaces is one of the best things that can be done.
It’s that time of year again – when you can see heat rising off the ground and practically cook eggs on it. But asphalt heating up in the summer can have its negative effects. When sunlight hits the surface, it begins to oxidize, deteriorate and dry out the liquid asphalt (glue) that holds together the aggregate. This leads to a shrunken surface with cracks that allow water to seep through and further damage the asphalt.
Chemicals & Petroleum
While the penetration of chemicals like gas and oil can greatly speed up the asphalt paving deterioration process, exposure to these substances in the summer while asphalt paving is very hot can be much greater. This also causes toxic fumes to be released into the air, especially during heavy traffic.
When you have the elements, chemicals and other damaging factors consistently hitting the asphalt paving, a fresh sealcoat can really make a difference in how long your surface lasts. What a sealcoat does, is essentially create a protective barrier over the surface of the asphalt paving to make it less susceptible to deterioration and extend its life.
Contact our experts at Richmond Blacktop should you have any questions about how to protect your asphalt in the summer, or if you would like to request a free quote. We can also consult with you about taking the proper precautions by sealcoating your surfaces. Call today!