PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS THE #1 CHOICE TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR ASPHALT PAVEMENT
Once structural damage has occurred, preventive maintenance treatments are no longer viable and costlier corrective strategies are required. The primary cause of asphalt pavement failure is usually water intrusion into the asphalt base and it is oxidation from the sun that often creates the pathways for water intrusion. Oxidation leads to the erosion of the top layer of fine particles which in turn causes the appearance of larger stones and small cracks on the surface. If left untreated, these cracks grow over time and eventually allow water to penetrate to the sub-grade of your asphalt surface. When water enters the sub-grade of your asphalt surface, the base material moves and settles leading to further cracking and an “alligator appearance.” When the pavement reaches this stage the only option is removal & replacement of the old asphalt, which will be the most costly.
INVEST A LITTLE TO GET ALOT
If you don't invest a little in preventative asphalt maintenance, you're sure to contribute to premature pavement failure and cost yourself significantly more long-term. Proactive maintenance, such as Crack Sealing or Sealcoating, will stretch the life of your asphalt pavement and your maintenance budget. Sealcoating every 2-3 years, is a proactive step that will provide your dry, brittle asphalt with the necessary adhesive and waterproofing properties to maintain it's durability and aesthetic beauty. It will maintain the asphalt's flexibility, slow down oxidation, prevent raveling, and provide a rich, like-new appearance. More importantly, it will protect the sub-base from water penetration and deterioration. An asphalt surface is only as strong as the foundation beneath it!