It can be difficult to budget for asphalt pavement when you are not aware of the risks that come with it. While asphalt is one of the most robust and toughest flooring materials available, it requires just as much maintenance to ensure its long life and durability. Are you aware of the external risks that can damage your asphalt? In this article, we will discuss those factors and how to treat them. Here are the biggest enemies of your asphalt pavement:

Heavy Automobiles

If you’ve ever driven on a road that is regularly utilized by large vehicles, such as trucks, tractors, buses, and so on, you may have observed that the asphalt on that road is in poor condition. It’s because there is a limit to how much weight the asphalt can withstand. When that limit is reached, the asphalt will begin to lose its shape and degrade over time.

To address this issue, if you see even the smallest fracture during an inspection, you should repair it as quickly as possible. Don’t put it off until it becomes a major issue. Aside from that, if the area is mostly used by heavy vehicles, thicker asphalt should be installed during construction.

UV Rays

We all know how harmful UV rays are to our skin. It affects asphalt just as much. When UV rays start to corrode the asphalt’s tar, it leads to breakage and weakening of the asphalt. Along with that, UV rays also affect the colour of asphalt and turn it grey. That’s why areas that are exposed to the sun’s rays turn grey way more quickly than those that are shaded.

To save the asphalt from losing its colour, make sure to apply a seal coat. You can add more than one layer if it’s a hot area with a high temperature.

Surface Water

Water breaks the asphalt from within, in locations where the asphalt is close to irrigation or where there is high water flow. Normal rainwater may not cause significant damage to asphalt, but alkaline irrigation water, including additional chemicals, can.

To address this issue, add some latex to the asphalt when it is being prepared. It will help enhance the seal coat and protect the asphalt molecules. Aside from that, drip lines can be used to protect the margins of your asphalt, preventing water from reaching the asphalt.

In some circumstances, determining what is causing your asphalt to deteriorate can be challenging. To ensure the sustainability of your asphalt, it’s essential to consider it during the inspection and provide extra attention in the event of a problem. It is important to pay close attention to the installation method as well as the materials used in the asphalt from the outset. Keeping this in mind, you must select a reputable firm capable of providing you with high-quality services. Reach out to GRM Inc. as we will look into your property maintenance, including asphalt repairs. Call us to get a quote today!