When you’ve invested in new asphalt paving for your business’ parking lot, you want to ensure it lasts. The average lifespan of quality asphalt pavement is around 15-20 years. However, like most things outdoors, numerous environmental factors can affect how long it will endure. Climate changes, the type of soil underneath, amount of traffic and whether or not the property owner sticks to a routine maintenance schedule can all impact the life expectancy.
Boost Asphalt Pavement Lifespan
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to boost the lifespan of your pavement. The professionals at East Coast Paving recommend that property owners schedule regular maintenance and upkeep to protect their investment and extend the lifespan up to 30 years or more.
Follow these three tips to get the most out of your pavement for years to come!
Prevent Asphalt Pavement Damage from Water
One of the best ways to protect your investment is to prevent water intrusions. Due to seasonal freeze-thaw cycles, water can damage pavement prematurely. Adding sealant to cracks as soon as you notice them will prevent moisture from penetrating the surface and keep those small cracks from growing into large problems.
Address Pavement Problems Right Away
Fill cracks as soon as possible and sealcoat to minimize oxidation. Sealcoating prolongs the life expectancy by filling the damaged surface and providing a protective layer to keep out damaging vehicle fluids, UV rays and water. Plus, with constant exposure to the elements, asphalt pavement can become faded over time. A fresh application of sealcoat can enhance the appearance, making it wear and appear like new.
If conditions worsen and create unsafe conditions, such as potholes or alligator cracks, repair them immediately before water enters the subgrade causing more serious issues. These issues can lead to parking lot deterioration, put employee and customer safety at risk and damage first impressions.
Consider Asphalt Replacement
If you’ve done all you can to prevent and maintain your pavement and it’s still causing problems, it may be past it’s life expectancy. If your parking lot is approaching 20 years of age or if a quarter or more of the total surface area is damaged, it is often more economical and effective to completely replace the asphalt.
When to Repair or Replace Asphalt Pavement
Not sure if the time is right for repairs or to invest in a new asphalt paving?
Since every situation is unique, it’s wise to connect with the paving professionals at East Coast Paving for a consultation. With unsurpassed service, our experienced professionals will discuss your project with you in detail and develop a plan with a detailed estimate.
Whether you’re looking for a solution in a parking garage, trucking terminal or running track, call us today at 732-329-3600 or email email@example.com to learn more.