Once asphalt pavement is poured, most people think it will last forever without any maintenance. While asphalt is highly durable and strong, it is still susceptible to damage from the elements. Potholes, cracks, and other damage can be done unless you take steps to protect your asphalt pavement. Asphalt Sealcoating in Wright WY is used to help prevent damage from the sun and expansion and contraction due to water infiltration. The following will discuss why pavement maintenance and seal-coating is important.
Asphalt pavement is strong and durable, but the minute it is poured, deterioration begins. It is not indestructible like most people think. Asphalt is a porous material, making it susceptible to water, the sun, and other elements that get into its pores. A sealer will help reduce the porosity of your pavement, which will make it less susceptible to the elements and make it last longer. If your pavement is already compromised, pothole repair and crack filling will be needed before applying a sealant.
The sun causes oxidization of your asphalt paved areas. Oxidization hardens the binder that is designed to keep the pavement materials together. Oxidization makes your asphalt brittle, which results in cracking. Asphalt Sealcoating in Wright WY prevents oxidization so that the material binders remain intact and protects your asphalt from cracking and compromise.
Water is a big problem for asphalt compromises. Without seal-coating, water can get into the porous pavement, causing cracks. When that problem is not addressed water then continues to get into the cracks, causing expansion and contraction in the pavement materials. If the water freezes then thaws, the pavement cracks will become enlarged. As water continues to seep through to the pavement’s base and into the sub-base, it begins to buckle under pressure. This results in potholes. These problems can be avoided with seal-coating.
Seal-coating can preserve and protect your driveway or other paved areas. It protects it from water, salt, the sun, oil, and gas to make it last longer and keep it looking good for years. The blacker your asphalt surface, the more UV rays and heat it absorbs, making it susceptible to oxidization and compromise. Design Construction offers quality services for pavement maintenance and seal-coating in commercial and residential venues.