Asphalt pavement is a great, durable solution for driveways and roadways. Not only is it affordable, but it looks good, and has various applications. While it is strong and can survive through many things, it still has to be maintained and protected. Below we go over five enemies to asphalt pavement to give you a better idea of how to best take care of your asphalt pavement.

Standing Water

Water is everywhere and the water we can’t control, like rainfall, is bound to come in contact with asphalt pavement. Water alone does not damage asphalt pavement, however, when it rests on top of the material, it can cause damage. If there are cracks in the asphalt, water can seep through them and cause the asphalt to weaken over time, making cracks worse and encourages the development of potholes.

Extreme Cold

Since asphalt in a dynamic material, it is more susceptible to cold weather, which causes it to harden and become stronger. While it adjusts to the extreme cold weather well, it also becomes more brittle in the process. Homeowners can protect their asphalt, but being careful when driving, especially around the edges, which are more vulnerable to chips and breaking.

Extreme Heat

Asphalt is much more pliable than concrete, which has its advantages, but also makes it more vulnerable to damage under extremely hot weather conditions. Extreme heat will cause the asphalt to soften, which may cause deformation under heavy loads. When it comes to weather enemies, there is not much that can be done by homeowners. Under hot weather conditions, it is best to keep vehicles parked in one particular area for an extended period of time, and they should also avoid having heavy tools or objects that are able to leave dents and scratches.

Chemical Stains

While asphalt is an oil-based material, additional oil, such as diesel, is not food for your asphalt pavement. If your car is leaking, you should try to put something under to catch it, or park elsewhere to avoid damage to your pavement. If you already have an oil stain, you should put cat litter on top of it to absorb all the excess oil, and go in with detergent and a brush to remove the rest of the stain.

No Seal Coating

Asphalt pavement requires regular maintenance to protect it from oil oxidation, as well as constant sun and water exposure. Asphalt that is not regularly sealcoated is much more vulnerable to the issues brought up above than one that is.

For all of your asphalt pavement needs, from residential to commercial, contact us at West York Pavement. If you notice that your pavement has been the victim of any enemies, we have the expertise and experience to bring your asphalt back to life. Contact us for a free quote and to find the best solution for your problem.