If you have recently invested in a new asphalt driveway or parking lot, you will want to ensure that it lasts for a very long time. High-quality asphalt pavement can last an average of 15 to 20 years with the right care and maintenance. The freeze and thaw cycles of the area along with the type of soil underneath the base stone are main factors in the lifespan of the pavement. Regular maintenance and upkeep can help keep your asphalt protected and get you the most out of your investment.
Following these tips can extend the lifespan of your asphalt pavement to 25 years or more:
Prevent Water Damage
The best thing to do to preserve your asphalt is to prevent water from seeping through or under your pavement as much as you can. Water is susceptible to freezing and thawing, which can prematurely damage your pavement. Try to ensure adequate drainage away from your driveway to keep water off of it. Your paving contractor can help plan a draining solution as they go through the paving process with you.
Seal Coat and Fill Cracks
If there are cracks in your pavement, seal them as soon as you can before they become huge gaps. Seal coating periodically will help stop moisture from oxidizing the surface. Be careful not to overseal, though, as that can shorten the life of your pavement. We recommend a seal coating every few years. Seal coat only when the previous seal coat has worn off from traffic to the point where large portions of the bare pavement below the seal coat are visible.
Consider Replacing the Asphalt
If you have followed the above steps and your pavement still looks worn out, it may be time to replace your asphalt. You should restore the asphalt if it stops functioning properly. That means it does not drain as it should, is bumpy or there is too much settling.
Another reason you may want to consider replacing your asphalt is if it looks worn and faded. If it does not look its best anymore, even after seal coating and crack filling, replacement is your only option. Safety is another concern when it comes to deciding whether to replace your asphalt fully. Slips, falls or damage to vehicles are all signs that your pavement should be replaced.
The life expectancy of an asphalt driveway or parking varies based on the traffic, climate and amount of maintenance it has received. It is possible to have asphalt pavement that lasts 25 to 30 years, but it depends on how strong the base is, the soil type underneath, how well the soil drains as well as how the original driveway, parking lot or road was paved.
Now that the weather is warmer and drier, it is the perfect time to reseal or fix the cracks in your asphalt. If you think it’s time for a full replacement, call West York Paving. Our team has years of experience working on asphalt surfaces for many purposes. We will ensure yours will last for years to come.