There are numerous advantages for keeping up your asphalt paving and maintenance. Regular upkeep not only reduces the chances of your pavement cracking and scaling, but also safeguards against the formation of asphalt potholes. The Spruce states the average lifespan of asphalt is 15 to 20 years. To preserve your asphalt pavement and get the most out of its lifespan, here are a few steps you can take to ensure it is looking its best.
How to Make Your Asphalt Look New
Sealcoating Your Pavement
In addition to the proper regular maintenance, asphalt sealcoating services can add to your life and increase the overall look of your asphalt’s surface. When the snow is not doing a number on your pavement, you can bet the other New England elements are. Proper sealing can provide a barrier between water and the pavement’s foundation. On sunnier days, sealcoating can protect your pavement from harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. It also protects your pavement driveway from the harsh effects of wasted oil and diesel fuel. Oil and gas can seep between your pavement and disrupt the bond of its material which leads to crumbling.
Parking Etiquette on Pavement
For residential driveways, you should also consider how your driving affects your asphalts. While your vehicle is parked, try not to turn your steering wheel as this scratches the pavement’s surface. Doing so, especially on a hot summer day, can cause the pavement to weaken in that particular area. Over time, this can result in the need to repair small sections, which can be costly. The Spruce says that these types of repairs can run you on average $3 to $4 per square foot.
For commercial parking areas, you may want your tenants to have a designated parking location for larger vehicles like their boats or recreational vehicles. Heavy vehicles like these can be parked away from the more commonly used parking spaces. Your regular spaces already see a fair amount of high-volume traffic. Dedicated larger vehicle spaces help you maintain your parking lot by avoiding high-traffic areas for larger loads. With proper planning, you can make necessary repairs for any cracks, easily fill potholes when needed, and apply fresh coats of paint. This way, your parking lot does not look dull and shabby, which keeps complaints down from your tenants.
Properly Remove Excess Snow
According to the World Population Review New England’s winter months see an average of 51 inches of snow a year. Properly removing snow is key if you want to keep your pavement at its best. For your personal residential driveway paving, you can consider something small such as regularly shoveling your driveway. Salt to help melt the snow is effective, but frequently salting your driveway can result in the discoloration of your pavement’s blacktop and the erosion of its sturdy foundation. Instead, you can try hiring a company for snow plowing services. Professional snowplowing can save you the hassle of doing the work yourself and allow you more time to tend to other things. It is also a fantastic service for your larger commercial asphalt paving needs.
Make a Plan
The Cassidy Paving team are the professionals you need to help you keep your asphalt looking new all year long. Give us a call today at 866-978-9788. You can also reach us outside regular business hours by completing our online inquiry form.