Top 5 Factors Which Lead to Asphalt Paving Damage

Short Guidebook on Asphalt Paving

Pavement preservation is of great importance if you want to save both time and money, so preventative maintenance is a necessary must-know, if you want to cut the costs for the services of a paving contractor in the long run. If you think that paving your driveway with asphalt will guarantee that you won’t have any problems, you will have to change our mind, as asphalt is a construction material which needs maintenance. Some factors are able to degrade the surface of any area, paved with asphalt. Here are the top 5 elements:

  1. paving contractorCorrosion, caused by substances like gasoline, motor oil, and antifreeze. Liquids like battery acid, chlorine and other chemicals may also damage any asphalt surface.
  2. Heat, freezing, water and the lasting effects of the ultra violet sun rays are weather factors which can cause a process of oxidation over time. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, oxidation is the process of breaking down the chemical make-up of the asphalt surface, causing deterioration.
  3. Insufficient drainage design or flooding – If the rainwater cannot be drained properly from the paved area, sooner or later the big pond which appears every time after a rainy day will destroy the structure of the pavement and therefore cause a swelling and movement of the asphalt. Over time, the leeching of standing water through cracks and water absorption into a poorly selected substrate, like clay or plastic sub-soils, can cause damage.
  4. Poorly performed previous repairs – Repairs performed by an inexperienced paving contractor, who is not using industry-standard practices can reduce the life of the repaired area.
  5. Poor quality of the asphalt applied – Initial cost reduction pays back later, so you should definitely invest more in the materials at first if you want to cut your maintenance costs.

Timely repairs of the asphalt areas which are visibly damaged and regularly scheduled seal coating can help correct damage, stop further deterioration, or maintain the general integrity of the paved surface. If you get Bryers Paving, of Amarillo, TX to do them for you, you also get a service quality guarantee, no other local paving contractor can give you.

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