Weathers Affect on Asphalt
Maintaining the asphalt pavement on your commercial, industrial, and multi-family properties can be a challenge if you are unaware of how the elements play a role in the overall lifespan. Rain and snow are more apparent culprits of asphalt distress but did you know that the sun can also cause additional wear and tear on paved surfaces over time? Extreme temperatures on either side of the spectrum, hot and cold, can also impact your asphalt. Learn more about how seasonal weather can affect your asphalt to ensure that you have the proper care and prevention measures in place.
How Rain Distresses Asphalt
In exceptionally wet climates, or even during prolonged rainy seasons in temperate climates, rain is notorious for seeping in and causing damages. Water will make its way in under the base or find its way into small cracks, causing structural damages that require expensive repairs or replacement if left unattended.
How Sun Distresses Asphalt
The intense UV rays from the sun are damaging to everything, and asphalt is no exception. Sun damage can lead to fading, requiring frequent restriping or resurfacing. Sun and extreme heat can also cause cracks and soft spots on the asphalt, leading to structural damage down the road.
How Snow Distresses Asphalt
Snow and extreme winter weather are the most distressing weather for asphalt. Snow and freezing temperatures cause the same water damage as rain does and include additional frost heave and freeze/thaw cycles that create potholes. Snowplows combined with salt and de-icing chemicals are necessary to make roadways safer, but these practices also contribute to freeze/ thaw cycles and create significant asphalt damages.
To find out how to protect and repair the asphalt on your commercial, industrial, and multi-family properties from damages caused by weather conditions, contact NVM Paving & Concrete.