Asphalt paving provides a smooth and durable surface for motorists – but only when properly maintained. Maintenance is the art of keeping asphalt pavements in service thus ensuring minimal inconvenience to the public. We at Top Job Asphalt have prepared the following asphalt maintenance tips for fall to ensure your pavements, driveways, and sidewalks are prepared for the cooler months ahead.
#1. Clean the Area of Debris
Fall is the perfect time to clean the area of any debris. This requires a thorough asphalt or street cleaning service. Having your asphalt professionally cleaned can reveal any issues, such as cracks or potholes, which should be repaired immediately.
#2. Pay Attention to Standing Water
Standing water is often an indication of poor drainage – and where there is poor drainage, there are potholes or the possibility of potholes. To prevent further damage, and ensure the integrity of your surfaces, make repairs now before the problem grows (literally).
#3. Sealcoating & Crack Sealing
Sealcoating requires the weather to be over 55˚F. The forecast should also predict clear skies; sealing asphalt in the rain is a no-no. This will ensure a quality job. Crack sealing helps to prevent the occurrence of further surface damage over the winter.
#4. Patching Potholes
Patching helps to control further deterioration and expensive repair of the pavement. Without timely patching, water can get underneath the pavement, causing further damage to occur. Several patching methods exist including:
- Quick Patching
- Surface Patching
- Full-Depth or Deep Patching
- Spray-Injection Patching
- Infrared Heater Patching
- Cold Weather Emergency Patching
#5. Extensive Pothole Repair
Crews use hot mix asphalt to create a stable, permanent solution to any areas prone to potholes. Proper compaction is key! A properly compacted area should be overfilled to ensure it is able to withstand the weight of vehicles driving on it day in and out.
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