Advice and assistance from your asphalt paving contractor could help to extend the life of your paving. Here’s how.
Paving is an essential part of any property and it’s not cheap. Still, the paving on your property could last as much as 25 years. This depends, of course, on the quality of the installation and good, consistent maintenance.
Regular Maintenance Will Save Your Paving
Sealing your paving, both concrete and asphalt, is a sure way to prolong its life. Concrete paving is more durable than asphalt. You should seal your concrete every five years and asphalt every three.
It is not a good idea to seal your paving too often since over-sealing can cause cracking, flaking, or peeling. Cracks in the surface of your paving reveal that it is time to reseal. Call in your paving contractor to repair the cracks before you apply the sealant.
You can only effectively seal your paving when there is no rain expected. Wait for warm weather. A good seal requires ambient temperatures of at least 50° Fahrenheit for the eight hours it takes to dry.
Don’t use the newly sealed surface for at least 24 hours.
Save Your Paving with Regular Paving Inspections and help from Your Asphalt Contractor
Minor paving damage can quickly escalate so you should make time every month or two to inspect your paving for damage. Look out for
- Cracks – repair even the smallest cracks as they will grow with time
- Mildew and mold – can damage your paving
- Weeds and grass – remove them before they cause any more damage.
The biggest problem you’ll encounter with your paving is cracking. Cracks tend to grow quickly, and you should call in your paving contractor as soon as they appear. Paving contractors are qualified to patch-fix paving.
Not all cracks are the same. Your paving contractor will know what patch repair method to use for the best repair.