Asphalt must be able to withstand various types of wear and tear. The intense rays of the sun are a primary threat to the appearance and structure of your commercial pavement. Asphalt sealing can minimize the effects of the sun on your pavement by helping to prevent signs of aging, oxidation and cracking.
Over time, asphalt fades and starts to look old. It is possible, however, to protect the pavement from environmental factors such as the sun by applying a coat of sealant on it. Sealing can restore the original color of the pavement, which keeps it looking newer longer.
The fading color of the asphalt is a sign that a chemical breakdown is occurring. The sun’s rays have a chemical effect on pavement called oxidation. During oxidation, ultraviolet rays and oxygen combine to break down the binders in asphalt, causing it to disintegrate. Sealant can act as the binder, thus slowing down the disintegration process.
As asphalt disintegrates, particularly from sun damage, outer signs begin to show. Small cracks begin to form and threaten to become larger, more dangerous cracks or even potholes. Cracking can lead to significant water damage, which can be expensive to repair. Coating the pavement with a sealant can help prevent small cracks from becoming larger as the sealant fills any micro fissures on the surface of the pavement.
Sealing protects your pavement from the damaging effects of elements of weather in general and the sun in particular. It helps to slow oxidation, thus fighting the signs of aging, keeping the color from fading and cracks from forming. A sealant can be just the maintenance tool you need to protect the investment that you have made in your pavement.
Experienced contractors can help you decide what asphalt sealant options are right for your property. Contact NVM Paving & Concrete to get more information and an estimate on all your asphalt sealing needs (703) 372-9335.