Commercial property owners who have recently invested in asphalt pavement need to be aware of the ongoing maintenance needs. While an asphalt pavement lasts an average of 15-20 years, the absence of routine maintenance measures and a harsh external environment can reduce its lifespan. As a result, you’ll have an asphalt pavement that is subject to frequent repair and damages, leaving you with no other choice than to replace it.
At Athens-Atlanta Asphalt Co. Inc, in Marietta, we recommend regular repair and maintenance measures to our clients. Periodic maintenance helps you get the most out of your investment and avoid hefty emergency repair bills that eat up your savings. Our clients often ask us about specific signs and maintenance measures they need to be aware of to keep their pavement in good condition. While many factors can adversely affect an asphalt pavement, the following three factors require special mention. Taking action against these three major enemies of your asphalt pavement will help extend your pavement’s lifespan and safeguard your investment.
Cracks and Openings
The weather plays a significant role in the deterioration of asphalt surfaces. Snow and rainwater penetrate the cracks and openings on the pavement’s surface to erode the base and weaken the foundation. As a property owner, you need to promptly carry out repairs to protect your pavement from harmful external elements that can shorten the pavement’s lifespan.
Sealcoating periodically prevents surface oxidation and keeps your base intact, helping your pavement combat the external challenges it faces. Our experts suggest sealcoating once every two to three years to ensure that the traffic, weather, and other factors do not damage your pavement.
Preventing water intrusion into the pavement is extremely important for the preservation of the pavement’s foundation. Water will freeze and thaw (i.e., expand and contract) with the changing weather, which means it can damage your pavement prematurely when it is trapped in the cracks. An efficient drainage system and a well-designed pavement are the best ways to prevent water accumulation. Inspecting the pavement for cracks and other openings can also alert you to a potential problem.
If your pavement looks worn out even after implementing the first two steps, it is a sign of something sinister happening underground. A bumpy asphalt surface with a dysfunctional drainage system needs to be replaced immediately. Avoid delaying the replacement process and hire experienced contractors to carry out the replacement job efficiently.
If you’re looking for an experienced contractor to maintain your commercial pavement in Marietta, then Athens-Atlanta Asphalt Co. Inc. is the right company for you. With a professional staff and the latest machinery at our disposal, we ensure that your commercial asphalt pavement serves more than its fair share and gives an excellent return on your investment.
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