Temperatures are rising which means potholes are in full bloom on the streets and highways of NJ, including the parking lots of many businesses and municipalities. Now is the time to start thinking about patching, sealcoating, milling and asphalt paving in NJ.
Even for surfaces that appear to have survived the challenges of winter months relatively unscathed, attention to preventive maintenance and minor repairs can pay off in avoiding major repairs at a much higher cost.
What Creates Cracks and Potholes on Asphalt Surfaces?
It doesn’t take much water to seep into the smallest of cracks and wreak havoc on asphalt surfaces. Wear and tear from normal traffic patterns and heavy trucks can over time create these hardly-noticeable cracks.
But once the water gets in and winter weather takes over, it creates a pattern of freezing and thawing of the water, causing expansion and contraction effects.
Once these cycles take hold, your pavement can deteriorate rapidly from the rising and falling of chunks of asphalt, compounded by the exposure to snow removal equipment, road treatment chemicals, and normal traffic. Cracked surfaces quickly become large, damaging and even dangerous potholes.
Even where winter freezing is not a major factor, other natural conditions can weaken and crack asphalt, such as extreme heat and direct sunlight.
4 Ways to Avoid Major Asphalt Repairs
Thankfully, there are ways to minimize the damage to your parking lots and other asphalt surfaces, saving you money in major repairs and possibly protecting you from damage claims.
1. Do It Right the First Time
Asphalt is a highly durable, cost-effective surface choice for walks, roadways and parking lots. Using this material, installed by an experienced, qualified contractor, will ensure the longest life possible.
2. Keep it Clean
Sounds simple, but oil from vehicles, spills or other corrosive materials can damage the asphalt surface over time. Even standing water provides that extra opportunity for seeping into cracks or even getting underneath the pavement.
Regular sealcoating is an excellent preventative step to reduce the impact of water or other materials that degrade your parking lot surface. This low-cost maintenance, combined with regular inspection and crack sealing, can extend the life of your investment considerably.
4. Proper Installation and Maintenance
Getting the most from your asphalt paving investment starts with professional installation. Get a long-lasting foundation, free from cracks and inferior materials, and you’ll save more in the long run, maintain curb appeal and enhance property values.
When you need asphalt repairs, be sure to engage a reputable, experienced NJ company to complete the job properly.
Asphalt Done Right
Choosing the right contractor for asphalt paving, milling, pothole repairs or sealcoating pays off by reducing the need for future repairs and extending the life of roadways and your parking lots. East Coast Paving has the expertise and experience you need for a successful project including:
- On-site management and an understanding of site development
- Collaboration with architects, engineers, and subcontractors
- Focus on customer satisfaction from project inception to completion
At East Coast Paving, we bring decades of experience in asphalt paving and milling to your project, ensuring close attention to quality, engineering, project management and cost-effective solutions. As a leading paving company in NJ, we can handle every job, large or small.
Contact us at 732-329-3600. Our paving professionals are ready to answer your questions and provide you with quality, long-lasting results.