The Road to Ruin: What’s Wearing Down Your Asphalt?

cracked pavement

We all know that asphalt doesn’t last forever.  While it may seem permanent, there are so many factors that can degrade it, especially when weather’s extreme.

Hot summers and cold winters bring all kinds of threats to the integrity of your asphalt.  And before you know it, you’re losing ground in your paved areas.

“The road to ruin: what’s wearing down your asphalt?”, is a brief overview of factors that can limit the life span of pavements and some information about remedial solutions that can support keeping them at their best, longer.

Wear and Tear

Your business is a busy place.  Customers and vendors are coming and going all day long, parking in your lot and delivering the needed product.

And the busier you are, the faster your pavements are going to wear down.

Then there’s weather.  New Jersey can be very cold, but it can also be very hot and that means your asphalt is subject to even more stress than the wear and tear beat down it gets from traffic.

Even though a binder is used to maintain the form of your paved areas, this measure can’t stop asphalt losing its bounce.  When that happens, moisture incursion may occur.  Once minor cracks form, moisture can get into the substructure of your pavements.

And moisture incursion is never healthy for asphalt.

Other Contributing Factors

Improper drainage is a serious problem for paved areas.  If your parking lot or other pavements were installed without careful consideration of drainage, you may have a problem which requires replacement.

You may also see accelerated pavement degradation due to asphalt having been laid under-compacted or even over-compacted.  The foundation beneath your pavements may also be the source of improper compaction.

Choosing a reputable paver is key to avoiding problems like these.  It’s sometimes the case that pavers don’t apply asphalt at the right temperature, which means that the integrity of your pavements is compromised from day one.

Life Span of Asphalt

Asphalt can last for up to 25 years.  But its life span depends on many factors.  Part of that is responsive pavement maintenance and attending to problems as they arise.

But installation is also key to the question of how long your asphalt’s going to last.  If it hasn’t been laid with care and professionalism, you may be looking at pavement problems sooner than you think.

Pavers who know their stuff keep your paved areas safe and performing for as long as possible.  Just add timely maintenance and you’ve discovered the winning PLA formula.

Parking Lot Armor

Parking Lot Armor has been delivering outstanding service to local businesses for over 16 years.  We’re the name business owners know.

Our timely, highly-quality service provides you with supportive maintenance, installation, patching, crack filling, sealcoating, infrared pothole filling and striping that keep your paved areas in service for the long haul.

If you’re concerned that your pavements aren’t living up to their promise, it’s time to call in the professionals at Parking Lot Armor. 

Contact us.  Give your pavements the professional treatment.

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