Tips on Maintaining Your Asphalt Pavement and Parking Lot
That asphalt pavement you see has taken a technical expert’s pavement development skills where rock and gravel are held together into a lasting compactness by use of a binder. The binder itself is made by distillation of some crude oils. The pavement degradation process starts when the binder is exposed to the effects of chemicals,ultra violet rays of the sun or rain over time. Uncontrolled asphalt degradation results in pavement surfaces that appear unpleasant or in some cases they may look like they need a serious face lift. A program involving sealcoating or crack sealing should be embarked on in order to lengthen the life of your driveway or parking lot.
Sealcoating provides a protective layer that keeps off the elements from coming into contact with the binder. Many property owners today prefer to do crack sealing and sealcoating early on when the asphalt is not already badly affected to spending thousands of dollars in future when whole pavement will have to be replaced due to lack of prompt maintenance.
Crack sealing looks simple but involves a lot more than what one may imagine. The right kind of crack filler material should be procured first. The way the affected asphalted surface is prepared for the process of crack sealing determines a lot the quality of the results of the process.
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Clean sweeping of the area and blowing the cracks with a high pressure compressor ensures that all particles,dirt,moisture and debris that weaken the ability of the filler material to bind the gravel as compactly as desired are eliminated.
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Compressors should properly be checked to so that they don’t blow moisture or oil droplets into the area under work. The crack fill should be applied immediately the crack is cleaned and dried up.
For seal coating,there are some things to bear in mind. Do not perform seal coating if there is any indication that rain may fall in the next 24 hours. Never apply a sealcoat when temperatures are below 50 degrees. At least 2 coats should be applied if one wants to get satisfying results.
The sealcoat should be let to cure for a minimum of 1 day before the pavement can be used again. Sealcoating is better repeated every 2 or 3 years.
Generally,re-striping should happen when visibility of the paint has been reduced to about 75% or after 2 years. Always confirm that your parking lot is ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act)compliant before doing the lot marking. When applied at the right time,crack sealing and sealcoating coupled with clearly drawn striping lines keeps your pavement or parking lot looking terrific for long at minimal costs.