Commercial Pavement Issues
At NVM Paving & Concrete, we understand the things necessary to keep your company’s pavement in excellent shape. We also know that for many business managers and property owners the process of maintaining a quality blacktop might not be crystal clear. We spend a fair amount of time answering questions and explaining the goals of our company. The four questions and answers below can go a long way toward clarifying our mission.
What agent causes the most harm to asphalt?
Without question, water is the greatest cause of aging and the breakdown of pavement. This happens when cracks form in the surface and allow water to penetrate into the lower portions of the asphalt, known as the subgrade. This results in a wearing away of the support system, weakening the quality of the pavement. This leads to larger cracks and potholes.
What role does weather play in the longevity of asphalt?
For a pavement job to be done correctly, the asphalt should be laid down under certain temperature conditions. The optimal temperatures allow the pavement to harden and form a durable surface. Just as importantly, proper snow maintenance in the wintertime protects asphalt from abnormal wear and tear.
What forms of maintenance are most effective?
Whenever small cracks or potholes appear in the surface, it is a good idea to get those fixed in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in bigger problems down the road. Sealcoating is also a good practice since this action protects the pavement from penetrating liquids, UV heat, and normal wear and tear.
How often is sealcoating necessary?
We recommend you allow us to apply sealcoating once every two to three years. This will make your parking lot look better and it will extend its lifespan.