Gray Asphalt: What Does it Mean?

August, 10, 2020 By CASSIDY PAVING 6 min read
Do you enjoy that smooth black color that comes from freshly laid asphalt? That is the look of asphalt pavement that is in great shape. Cassidy Paving wants that for you even years after you’ve had your pavement applied. If you’re noticing that the vibrant dark color is fading, it may be a sign of more than just age. Here are the reasons behind gray asphalt and what you can do to combat it before it is more than just a cosmetic issue.

What to Know About Gray Asphalt

What Causes the Gray Color

Just like with anything that is exposed to the elements, over time it will show signs of wear and tear. Old asphalt becomes gray and scaly because of the breakdown of the bitumen over time. UV rays, rain, snow, and the other elements corrode the pavement causing oxidation. That is the gray color that is indicative of weakening asphalt that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. A certified paving contractor, like Cassidy Paving, can breathe life back into your worn asphalt.

What Happens When It’s Not Treated

Gray asphalt is just the first step in a more expansive deterioration process. If you notice the oxidation happening and fail to get it treated, you are looking at cracking, potholes, drainage issues, and many other problems that do not have to happen. Once you notice discoloration, there is a small window of time to address issues before major repairs are needed.

How To Avoid Gray Asphalt

There are many options when it comes to keeping your asphalt in tip-top shape. Gray asphalt is not inevitable if you do the proper maintenance. Sealcoating is one of the best ways to keep UV rays and the various other elements from aging your asphalt prematurely. If you have not kept up the sealcoating on a schedule you may have potholes or cracking. You will need to address those issues prior to adding sealcoat. There may even be damage to the subbase that needs to be fixed beforehand, but once it is completed, your asphalt will have a better chance at maintaining its color, versatility, and strength over time.

Expert Paving Service in Massachusetts

At Cassidy Paving we have seen gray asphalt in many forms and understand how to make it right. We also know how to keep your beautiful black asphalt pavement from turning gray to begin with. Our goal is to provide comprehensive asphalt paving installation, replacement, and repair across Massachusetts to residential and commercial customers alike. If you’re seeing gray pavement, that is one of the early warning signs of more issues to come. Don’t wait, call us today for your free estimate at 866-978-9788 or complete our online request form.
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