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How to maintain your asphalt surface

maintain asphalt surfaceEvery pavement, especially with heavy traffic needs maintenance. Late or improper maintenance can lead to more damages and higher expenses. Costly replacements can be prevented if one takes care of the pavement or surfaces and maintains them properly after regular inspection. Asphalt pavement is a mixture of gravel and sand the asphalt glue keeps the sand and gravel together. It is a heavy by-product of oil refining. Although sand and gravel do not undergo any deterioration, the asphalt binder can get weaker because of pollution, solar radiation, and oxidation.

How and when to repair the asphalt surface

The pavement and driveway is an important part of your property or business. Although taking care of the surface of the pavements is not the easiest thing, one should know how and when to go about maintaining and repairing a driveway. Look very closely at the pavement for any cracks. If the surface of the pavement is broken severely at places or it develops what is known as alligator cracks, it is time to pay attention and think about getting new asphalt surface. Other signs of pavement wear include oil spots, fading color, rutting and a rougher texture. Sometimes the cracks run parallel to the main traffic flow or at right angles. They may appear like huge rectangular blocks. The rains sun rays and wind can harden and age the pavement, making it brittle and prone to cracks that develop excuse of the friction from tires moving across the surface.

There is a certain procedure to deal with the asphalt cracks and work with certain tools or machine designed to do the job. A screwdriver can clean out asphalt cracks and use a specially formulated degreaser to clean off the grease stains. With that taken care of, clean the entire asphalt surface of debris and make sure that the asphalt is completely clean and dry.

Use a quality asphalt crack filler to fill any cracks or potholes. Prevent the smaller cracks from becoming bigger and repair them in time. It takes no time for the smaller cracks to develop into bigger potholes and depressions. It becomes more difficult and expensive to make the repairs then. For example, the Cold Crack Filler is right to fix smaller cracks of about half an inch while the Hot Pour Rubberized Crack Filler is right for the cracks bigger than a half inch. Cold Asphalt Patch is used to filling the bigger potholes and depressions. The crack filler should be filled as directed for best results.

Once you have taken care of all the cracks and potholes, it is time to seal coat the Asphalt surface. It is recommended to seal coat the asphalt surface every two years to prevent further damage. Sealing is the final step to make sure that the repairs done are well sealed and protected. The traffic might keep coming while you are doing the repairs. So, make use of caution tape and pylons to safeguard the area you are working on. This is really important, especially when you are not there and protect the asphalt area under repair and when you are not there.

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