The average lifespan of a properly installed asphalt pavement is roughly 15-20 years. While this might seem like the fate for all asphalt surfaces, the truth is, there are many things you can do to extend the life of your asphalt pavement. Our experts at DC Paving & Sealcoating have many years of experience and expertise in all stages of asphalt paving and maintenance, and our three tips provided here will show you how you can easily extend the lifespan of your pavement.
1. Install water drainage
Water damage is one of the main reasons why asphalt pavements fail. Potholes can easily form in your pavement when water reaches underneath it. The best solution to this problem is to prevent water intrusion with properly installed drainage services. If you notice large amounts of water sitting on your asphalt, especially after a rainstorm, you should contact an asphalt contractor immediately to fix this problem before it causes severe damage to your pavement. Installing a drain on your asphalt surface will easily solve this problem and extend your pavement’s lifespan by several years.
2. Clean your pavement on a regular basis
Cleaning your asphalt on a consistent basis one of the easiest and cost-efficient ways to keep your pavement in good condition. If you don’t clean your pavement regularly, chemical pollution and loose objects can severely damage your pavement. To prevent a damaged pavement, you should always sweep and blow your pavement or hire a contractor if there is a lot of debris.
3. Pay for asphalt sealcoating
Asphalt sealcoating is a great way to protect your pavement from oxidation, moisture, and harmful UV rays. Asphalt sealcoating will improve the appearance of your pavement and significantly reduce future repair costs. If your asphalt requires extensive sealcoating (such as a driveway or large parking lot), it is best to hire an asphalt contractor instead of taking the do-it-yourself route.
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