Asphalt Paving Aurora Il
Asphalt is a great substance to use for paving. Asphalt is cost effective, durable and great with weight distribution. This substance looks great and performs well under most weather conditions. But, not matter well installed your asphalt paving system is, it will eventually start to age. When aging happens, your asphalt driveway, road or parking lot will begin to crack, which can lead to total failure if not well maintained. We provide a number of options to help your asphalt paving system last as long as possible.
When to Sealcoat
A brand new asphalt paving system should not have a sealcoat applied right away. Because of the nature of asphalt, and the need for it to settle, sealcoating should wait for up to six months. With this amount of time, your asphalt paving can naturally level out and will set in to its permanent state. Once this happens, its an excellent time to apply a sealcoat. This top layer will further protect your asphalt driveway system from rain, sun and other elements. Sealcoating is a fantastic option that won’t cause any harm to your existing system, instead helping it stay stable for years to come.
Cracking and Chipping
As asphalt ages, it is only natural that it will start to crack and chip. Because asphalt is usually applied directly on top of the earth, there are natural factors in the soil it is set on that can cause cracks to happen. When water seeps under your asphalt and causes the soil to expand and contract, this places stress on your asphalt paving system. When the happens, asphalt can begin to crack from the pressure. Luckily, when cracks appear, we can apply a crack sealant that will bond your asphalt together, while allowing it to further settle without any more issues.
A proper asphalt sealant will last for a good three years, if not exposed to radical weather conditions. However, it is always a good idea to keep en eye on your asphalt to see if a reseal is needed prior to that time. It is possible that resealing could be needed anywhere from one to three years after your last seal is placed down. The amount of time you have between sealing is dependent on a number of factors, including weather exposure, oil leaks and the amount of traffic that your asphalt paving system is experiencing.
Repair Vs. Replace
There are two options when it comes to asphalt maintenance. One of the options is to completely replace your asphalt paving system. This is a rather extreme option and should only be used if your asphalt is showing signs of major failure, such as large potholes, massive cracks and other obstructions that look like they could cause danger. The other option is to repair and maintain your asphalt on a regular basis. With proper sealing and resealing and crack sealing, your asphalt should be able to last for many years. As soon as you notice asphalt failures, let us know so that we can maintain your perfect asphalt paving system.