Asphalt is an investment that can significantly boost a property’s ROI. However, a strategic and routine maintenance plan is the key to long-lasting and high-performing pavement. Proper care will prevent the need for premature repairs and repaving, which will save your business time and money in the long run.
The true cost of asphalt is measured over its lifetime; the best maintenance plans are proactive.
A&A Paving has been serving in Chicagoland for over 60 years, so we are well-versed in proper maintenance. Pay close attention to the following do’s and don’ts of maintaining your asphalt to help ensure long-term durability and curb appeal.
Do fill cracks as soon as they appear
“Crack sealing” or “Crack filling” is a cost-effective procedure that protects your asphalt pavement and prolongs its service life. Even small cracks can develop into big problems if they’re not addressed in a timely manner. When left unchecked, water will penetrate the cracks, seep under the asphalt, and comprise its base course. Once the base course fails, the damage will widen and spread, causing unsightly potholes and alligatoring.
At A&A Paving, we specialize in this service. We’ve developed a unique process called routing and filling—a long-term and cost-effective solution against cracking.
Do sealcoat every three to five years
Despite asphalt’s extreme durability, constant exposure to the elements makes it susceptible to cracks and potholes. UV rays (oxidation), water, oils, snow, and other chemicals can damage your asphalt over time. The only way to preserve its appearance and durability is by sealcoating every three to five years.
Do repair potholes
Cracks and holes can turn into dangerous and unsightly potholes when they’re not properly handled. Since the base course has been compromised, the only effective way to repair potholes is by removing the failed asphalt and redoing the affected areas.
Do removing standing water
You guessed it: water damages asphalt, especially when it penetrates cracks and reaches the base course. Therefore, keep an eye out for puddles and excess water in your parking lot; remove as much as possible, then immediately contact a reputable paving contractor to correct any drainage issues.
Don’t allow sprinklers to water your asphalt
Since water is so damaging to pavement, adjust your sprinkler heads to ensure they don’t spray your asphalt directly.
Don’t allow your asphalt to oxidize
Oxidation results from overexposure to UV rays and oxygen. Your skin requires protection from the sun to remain healthy and vibrant—and so does your asphalt. You can identify oxidized asphalt at a glance by its dull grey coloring. Think of sealcoating as sunscreen for your pavement; make sure it’s professionally applied within twelve months of new asphalt installation and every three to five years after that.
Don’t always pick the lowest contractor bid
It’s easy to fixate on the lowest bid when selecting a contractor. However, it’s essential to do your research and make sure you’re picking the right paving company for the job. If it seems too good to be true, it often is. Low bids cut costs by using low-quality materials and an inexperienced crew. Not only will the project not produce your desired results—it’ll cost you a significant amount of time and money to correct the botched service. At A&A, we’re constantly called out to repair and redo poorly executed paving projects. We don’t want this to happen to you!
Do Pick Wisely
Contact us today to learn more about our maintenance process and what it can do for your commercial property! Call us today at 630-529-2500 to receive your free quote!