Asphalt is one of the most popular materials used for driveways, parking lots, and roads. But did you know that water can be a major enemy of asphalt? It’s true; too much water can cause damage to asphalt surfaces, making them more prone to cracking and other wear-and-tear problems. Let’s take a look at why this is and what you can do to prevent water damage.
Asphalt is a durable material that is designed to withstand heavy traffic and harsh weather conditions. Unfortunately, it is not impervious to water damage. When water penetrates asphalt surfaces, it seeps into the underlying layers of the pavement and causes them to weaken over time. This weakening can lead to cracks in the surface layer as well as potholes and other deformities.
Water also erodes away at the binding material that holds together asphalt particles, leading to crumbling or flaking of the surface layer. This erosion effect can be seen in higher concentrations when salt is added during winter months since salt increases the rate of corrosion due to its chemical properties. In addition, standing water on an asphalt surface for long periods of time can lead to softening, which further weakens the surface layer resulting in cracking or crumbling over time.
Preventing Water Damage On Your Asphalt Surface
To prevent water from penetrating your asphalt surface and causing potential damage, it’s important that you take steps to ensure proper drainage around your asphalt area. Make sure there are no low spots in your driveway or parking lot where standing water can accumulate; if necessary use gravel or fill dirt as needed to create even ground levels around your asphalt area.
Additionally, make sure that any gutters near your paved area are clear of debris so they properly divert runoff away from your paved area instead of towards it. Lastly, seal your paved area every four years using RejuvaSeal or every two years using a traditional sealcoat. Sealing your pavement will help protect against water infiltration as well as UV rays from the sun which both contribute to asphalt deterioration.
Water may be essential for life but when it comes to asphalt surfaces, it can cause disaster if not properly managed. Fortunately, by taking proactive steps, you can keep your asphalt surfaces looking great year after year– despite Mother Nature’s best efforts!
If you have any questions about maintaining an existing asphalt driveway or parking lot, or would like some advice on installing a new asphalt area, please don’t hesitate to reach out—we’re here to help!