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Protecting and prolonging the life of pavement

By Derek Hill Subscribe to RSS | March 20th 2012 | Views:
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The surprisingly reasonable installation cost of asphalt pavement as opposed to concrete puts property owners in a position to spread out maintenance cost over a twenty or thirty year time frame.

Over time most roadways and driveways need asphalt maintenance to keep them in usable condition. The biggest enemies to pavement are water and the sun. Cracks in driveways can allow water to enter the road base layer and begin to wash away the compacted base that provides the foundation for the driving surface. If asphalt pavement is neglected too long, the water damage eventually leads to pot holes and large areas of road failure. Keeping the water out of the base is the primary function of Sealcoating and pavement maintenance.

Sealcoating is the process in which a new protective and durable layer of slurry sealcoat material is sprayed or squeegee on top of existing pavement. Slurry Sealcoat has aggregate embedded into the asphalt mix to provide a new wearing surface for the driveway or parking lot. This process serves the purpose of sealing small cracks and adding a barrier coat to protect the pavement surface from the elements that destroy pavement. Paving contractors need to have the specialized equipment and materials necessary to perform this service correctly.

If pavement maintenance is put on the back burner for too long, the condition of the roadway can get to a point where it seems beyond repair. It is vital for asphalt maintenance to recur on a regular basis to ensure the overall reliability of a street, parking lot, or drive way. Some cities and counties around the country keep an asphalt paving company on retainer for seal coating and other routine maintenance activities. Professional pavement maintenance contractors are the best option for corporate driveways and shopping center parking lots, etc. Check for these few items when choosing a contractor. Choose a contractor that has a good reputation and has also been in the business for many years. Choose a paving contractor that has exclusive rights to materials in your area, these asphalt contractors have worked hard to earn their authorized material contractor status.

Regular pavement maintenance is a necessary evil for any privately owned paved road or street made from asphalt. Keeping in contact with a local asphalt paving company and scheduling regular Sealcoating applications to your shopping center can be the best way to protect a large investment property and it ensure the asphalt driveway can best service patrons and attract new businesses.

Derek Hill - About Author:
The author of this article has expertise in Sealcoating. The articles on Pavement Maintenance reveals the author’s knowledge on the same. The author has written many articles on Sealcoating as well.

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