Asphalt paving has a long life if properly installed and maintained. However, there are many issues that can arise if asphalt is not properly installed or maintained, and many of them can lead to your asphalt pavement becoming cracked, broken, and degraded if not corrected soon enough. If you’re having issues with your pavement, it’s likely caused by one or more of the issues outlined below. Contact a trusted asphalt pavement specialist like Tucker Paving to help remedy your asphalt driveway or parking lot’s issues.
Asphalt Pavement Problems
These are the most common issues you’re likely to see with your asphalt driveway or parking lot:
Cracks and Other Structural Issues. If your asphalt pavement has problems with any part of its structure—the surface layer, base, or sub-grade—then the overall structure will fail. You’ll see this in longitudinal cracks that run parallel to each other in the same direction. Eventually, latitudinal cracks will also form; these are called alligator cracks because they resemble the scales of an alligator. Cracks let in water and more that cause your asphalt to deteriorate and break apart. Asphalt that is cracking needs to be patched or sometimes replaced altogether.
Issues With the Elements. While Floridians don’t need to worry too much about water freezing in cracks in their asphalt and causing damage, extreme heat and high levels of rain can also pose problems for asphalt. The sun’s UV rays can degrade asphalt, and water that pools on the asphalt or gets into cracks will eventually erode the asphalt. Sealcoating is a good option for protecting and maintaining your asphalt driveway or parking lot.
Excessive Loads. Asphalt is designed to withstand a certain weight, but it can become damaged if too much weight is put on it or if too much weight is put in one spot for too long. Asphalt experts like Tucker Paving can help you to ensure you are not putting too much weight on your asphalt driveway or parking lot.
Oil and Gas Leaks. Both driveways and parking lots are prone to collecting oil and gas from leaking vehicles. Unfortunately, both are corrosive to asphalt, and these leaks can degrade it. Sealcoating and cleaning up oil and gas stains are both options that can combat the corrosive nature of oil and gas if used in a timely manner.