Cracks, potholes, sinking, uneven surfaces are all signs of a damaged asphalt surface. When getting an asphalt surface made, every person thinks their driveway will last forever. Sadly, nothing lasts forever. Yet it can last over a decade with the right care.
The biggest threat to asphalt surfaces across Tampa, FL, is natural elements. Exposure to natural elements and poor maintenance can severely damage asphalt and shorten its lifespan.
Resource Pavement Group offers several preventive and repair treatments that are designed to delay the need for resurfacing. Click here to find out more about protective measures you can take to help your asphalt surface last longer.
Have a look at the top five enemies of asphalt:
Enemy 1: Moisture
Rain, snow, hail, sewage water, and all other moisture sources are notorious for wreaking havoc on your asphalt surface.
The primary issue is standing water. While roads are designed to sweep off the water, extra help only decreases the risk of damage. Water can settle into the already existing cracks in the roads, driveways, and parking lots, which aggravates the issue and causes more damage.
Enemy 2: Sunlight
Sunlight damages asphalt the same way it damages the skin. It weakens the asphalt, makes it lose its shine, and causes an unimaginable amount of wear and tear.
For our skins, we can apply sunscreen. But when it comes to protecting our asphalt surfaces from sun damage, the safest route is sealcoating our asphalt pavements. Read more about sealcoating here.
Enemy 3: Tree roots
Tree roots might sound harmless, but the reality is very different. Tree roots can penetrate deep and far in their search for water and nutrients. Since asphalt doesn’t allow the water to seep in, roots tend to sprout up and break through the surface, leaving substantial surface damage.
Enemy 4: Heavy load
While roads are designed for traffic, the frequency of traffic jams, heavy-duty vehicles, and recurring load on the asphalt can, over time, decrease its lifespan.
Roads which experience less traffic and lighter vehicular movement, generally last longer. This is why it becomes necessary to put restrictions on the regular use of roads by limiting traffic.
Areas that are regularly exposed to sunlight turn grey and age fast. Harsh UV rays oxidize the tar in the asphalt, which weakens and breaks down the asphalt bonds on the surface. When weak, the amount of tar in the asphalt mixture begins to separate, causing the aggregate in the asphalt to disintegrate and break down completely.
Enemy 5: Fuel
Oil spills on the road, a leaking engine, dripping petrol, and other fuels easily stain and damage asphalt surfaces. To safeguard your roads and driveways, make sure all liquid and gas stains are thoroughly cleaned frequently to prevent surface damage.
If the fuel is given enough time to seep in through cracks, it will weaken your asphalt’s structure.
The only solution to this is to get your pavements sealcoated for a highly durable and sturdy asphalt structure. And if you live in the sweltering city of Tampa, FL, you may need to be more cautious of your asphalt from succumbing to weather damage. Click here to get a quote from Resource Payment Group.