No paving job lasts forever. The harsh and relentless forces of nature can wear down even the most durable of man-made materials, including asphalt pavement. Asphalt is the most durable of outdoor surfaces that can be used for high traffic, heavy use applications such as roadways and parking lots, or lighter applications such as basketball courts or residential driveways. Asphalt, despite its eventual vulnerability to weathering and wear, is fortunately fairly effectively repaired and can last for many years when it is properly maintained and regularly serviced. Asphalt resurfacing includes cleaning and preparation, repairing, and finally an application of a protective seal coating.
An asphalt surface, though not as hard and not as strong as concrete, can be a more durable and reliable surface that is easy to care for and more cost-effective. One of concrete’s strengths–its hardness–is also a weakness that results in cracking and deterioration. This can happen when soils settle, moisture freezes, and forces act upon the concrete until replacement is the only viable repair solution. Asphalt, on the other hand, at a fraction of the cost of concrete, can flex and give with soil movements. Due to its continuous smooth and drained surface, it isn’t as vulnerable to cracking and water penetration, particularly in cold weather. When asphalt starts to wear, a scheduled resurfacing can restore it to like-new condition.
Asphalt Overlay and Striping
If you have a solid and quality asphalt surface from the start, when it starts to become so worn that regular repairs and sealcoating are no longer sufficient, an asphalt application such as a parking lot or long driveway may be restored. This can be accomplished with a complete resurfacing service that utilizes the existing asphalt for a base, having had the top layer removed, reconditioned and recycled to provide a fresh new surface layer over the old asphalt. This cost-effective alternative to total replacement can add years of life to any paved surface. Contact A1 Pavement Maintenance for more information. You can also like them on Facebook for more information.