The more questions you ask, the more you understand about paving installation, maintenance, procedures, and more; thus protecting your investment in the long run. Continue reading and learn some important facts about asphalt, and better prepare yourself for making final pavement decisions for your property.
Lifespan of Asphalt Paving
Many people inquire about the lifespan of asphalt and are told that it can last for 15 years or more with proper maintenance and care. This is true! In fact, with proper installation and sealcoating, asphalt pavements can last up to 20 years and perhaps longer in regions with milder climates. Seal-coating is a protective layer that further slows the natural wear and tear (cracking, crumbling, potholes, dips, swells, etc.) that outdoor pavements are subject to on a daily basis. It also protects against chemical spills, oil accretions, water permeation, oxidation, fading, and more. It can even speeds up how fast snow and ice melts! It is important to have your asphalt surfaces routinely seal-coated for ultimate protection.
Eco-Friendly Aspects of Asphalt
Asphalt is a recyclable material, made of recyclable materials. This quality makes asphalt a very Eco-friendly choice for commercial properties. For this reason, over 100 million tons of asphalt material is used each year to construct our city’s parking lots, roads, highways, and more! Porous asphalt is additionally Eco-friendly due to the fact that it allows water to penetrate its surface and return to the natural water table after filtering through the soil and bedrock.
Asphalt in Cold Weather
In colder regions or seasons, asphalt pavements are known to outlast and outperform concrete pavements. The principle reason for this is that concrete is a permeable pavement, allowing water to penetrate its pores and undergo freeze-thaw cycles. This causes concrete to expand, crack, and deteriorate overtime. Asphalt paving can withstand harsh winter weather, salt damage, and precipitation better than concrete can.
Types of Asphalt
There are several types of asphalt, each mixed differently for the precise job or need. It is important to match the right type of asphalt mix to the job your commercial property requires. Each job requires a specific asphalt mix, from parking lots to driveways and more.