While asphalt is a durable material, wear and tear on your driveway or parking lot damages the surface over time. With timely maintenance, you can avoid this damage extending to the base and preserve the lifespan of your asphalt paving.
Property owners in Sacramento and Northern California can count on Action Asphalt to help keep their paving in the best condition. Click here to learn more about our services.
Today, we will talk about why the coming fall season is the best time of the year for asphalt maintenance.
Winters are bad for asphalt
Along with daily wear and tear, local conditions also affect the integrity and durability of asphalt paving. Winters, specifically, are bad for asphalt.
The freeze-thaw cycle makes it hard to perform maintenance. Moreover, snow left on the surface can lead to cracking and other forms of damage. For these reasons, you should give your asphalt surface a check-up during fall to prepare for the harsh season ahead.
How to perform asphalt maintenance in the fall
There are three major ways to take care of your asphalt driveway or parking lot before winter arrives.
- Pressure Washing
While you should clean the asphalt surface throughout the year, the occasional pressure wash is also needed to wipe out tough stains like oil.
Pressure washing will remove dirt, debris, and chemical from the surface and create a clean and dry surface that will withstand water and snow damage. When combined with water, accumulated dirt and debris are a recipe for disaster when it comes to asphalt maintenance.
Keeping your asphalt paving clean is also suitable for your curb appeal, and it also helps to identify cracks in their early stages. This brings us to the next point.
- Fix Cracks
In the early stages, cracks are easy to repair with techniques like crack filling and patching. Both hot and chilly temperatures expand and contract cracks.
That is why fall is the ideal time to fill or patch cracks on your driveway as compared to summer or winter. Moreover, patching cracks in fall prevents further and costlier damage to your paving.
Finally, sealcoating is one of the best ways to preserve the lifespan of your asphalt paving. Sealcoating creates a protective barrier against debris, water damage, UV rays, etc.
Depending on the condition and regular damage, you can consider sealcoating your asphalt surfaces every two to three years. Not only does it prevent potholes’ development, but it also restores the shine and color to your driveway.
To sum up, we recommend that you go for asphalt maintenance like patching and sealcoating in the driest months. Harsh weather conditions make it difficult to perform maintenance and repairs, but they adversely impact the structural integrity of the asphalt.
For all these reasons, fall is the best time to take care of your asphalt.
If you own or manage property in Sacramento and Northern California, let Action Asphalt take care of your fall season asphalt maintenance. Click here to request a quote.