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Most Common Causes of Asphalt Damage

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Last Updated on April 17, 2024

Asphalt
surfaces are extremely durable. This is why they are used incredibly commonly,
especially for things like roads and outdoor fixtures. However, asphalt can
also breakdown over time, so they will eventually require resurfacing.
Understanding some of the most common causes of asphalt damage will ultimately
help you to understand why asphalt has to be resurfaced over time. When you’ve
noticed signs of wear or damage to the asphalt surfaces of your property, you
should obtain the appropriate services to prevent the damage from escalating.
This can help to ensure that your surfaces continue to function effectively and
reduce the likelihood of repair expenses. Here at Top Job Asphalt, we provide
an array of services to ensure that your asphalt surfaces are in good condition
and remain functional.  

Improper Installation

Asphalt
installation is not something that should be done by yourself. It is important to
ensure that your asphalt surfaces are installed by a professional company. When
the asphalt surface isn’t installed properly, it will likely break down much
more quickly. This will ultimately result in substantial issues over time.
Proper installation helps to ensure that the asphalt surfaces remain in the
best possible condition. A professional company will also be able to advise you
regarding the best protective layers to add longevity and durability to your
asphalt surface.

Lack of Maintenance

Asphalt
requires regular maintenance. Just like many other fixtures and structures, it
is important to provide regular maintenance to catch damage early on and ensure
that the fixture is in good condition. Though asphalt is exceedingly durable,
there are many ways in which they can sustain damage. Ensuring that they have
the right maintenance can help to keep the surface in good condition. These
services can also help to ensure that the surface continues to function as
effectively as possible. Reduced repair expenses are just one of the benefits
that regular maintenance can provide.

Heavy Traffic

asphalt damage

As with most
things, the more something is used, the faster it will wear down. The same
thing applies to asphalt surfaces. If an area sustains relatively high levels
of traffic, it is likely that they will require more work than other areas. For
example, roads that are driven on more quickly will require more frequent
resurfacing and other maintenance services. Keep in mind the intended use of
the surface when it comes to deciding on the best maintenance plan to keep the
asphalt surface in good condition. More frequent maintenance will be required
when it comes to areas that are used exceedingly often. Consult with our expert
team to identify the best way to care for your asphalt surface to ensure that
it continues to function as it is intended to.

Water Exposure

Nearly every
asphalt surface is located outdoors. This means that they will almost always be
exposed to water. It is important to ensure that a system is in place in order
to prevent water from sitting on the surface. When water is allowed to pool on
the asphalt surface, it tends to cause the asphalt to deteriorate. This can
result in cracks to the surface and additional damage. It can also cause an
escalation of damage when cracks are already present on the surface. This
allows water to penetrate between the cracks. This can cause additional wear. If
the temperatures drop enough for water to freeze, it will cause the cracks to
expand.  

Oxidation

Oxidation is
another issue that causes asphalt to break down over time. As the asphalt breaks
down, it becomes far less flexible. Flexibility is an important trait, because
it helps to prevent damage. When asphalt becomes less flexible, it becomes more
susceptible to cracks and sustaining additional damage. This problem is
compounded when the asphalt surface sustains high levels of traffic.

Earth Settlement

The earth is
constantly moving and shifting around us. There is no way to stop it from doing
so. Unfortunately, this can cause additional strain to the asphalt surface.
This tends to lead to cracks, breaks, and other damage on the asphalt surface.

UV Rays

UV rays can
cause damage to surfaces when they are exposed to the rays over time. This can
lead to fading and wear. It can also cause the asphalt materials to break down,
which causes many of the same issues that are consistent with oxidation.

Oil Stains

Oil stains
that are allowed to stay on the surface of the asphalt will ultimately
penetrate through the top layer. This can lead to additional damage to the
asphalt surface. It is important to wipe up oil spills as soon as possible to
prevent this damage from occurring. It is also important to have your vehicles repaired
if they regularly leave oil stains on the asphalt surfaces of your property.

Signs of Asphalt Damage

Understanding
the signs of asphalt damage can help you to obtain the services that you need
before the damage is allowed to escalate to a substantial amount. The presence
of cracks is a sure sign that you need repairs to your asphalt. When cracks
appear, they are only likely to escalate. Distortion of the surface and
disintegration of the asphalt, which often causes potholes, are additional
signs that there is damage to your asphalt surfaces.
When you notice these signs, you should take the steps to obtain the services
that you need to repair the surfaces. Implementing seal coats or
other protective layers can help to keep your asphalt surfaces in the best
condition for as long as possible.

Here at Top Job Asphalt, we offer a broad array
of services to ensure that your asphalt surfaces remain in the best possible
condition. These services are available for both residential and commercial properties. This
helps to ensure that your surfaces can obtain the repairs, installation, and
maintenance services that you need to keep them functioning effectively. To
learn more about the services that we offer and how to keep your asphalt
surfaces in good condition for as long as possible, contact our experts at Top
Job Asphalt today!

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