With winter behind us and the warm months of summer approaching, it is the perfect time to evaluate your asphalt needs and look into asphalt sealing. Here in Stamford, CT the snow and rain from the winter months can wreak havoc on asphalt surfaces. It is important to know the signs that your driveway or parking lot is ready for maintenance.
If your asphalt is not properly and consistently sealed, it becomes exposed to sun, water, and oxygen which can lead to oxidation. If you notice that your asphalt is turning a light grey color, it is time to look into asphalt sealing. We recommend asphalt sealing about every 2-3 years depending on the amount of use and traffic. This will not only help prevent oxidation of the asphalt but also prevents water from seeping into the asphalt and creating potholes and cracks.
There are many different types of cracks that can form in your asphalt. One of the more common cracks that occur is fatigue cracks, also known as alligator cracks. This type of crack got its name because of its resemblance to the pattern of alligator scales. These cracks form when the ground under the asphalt becomes compromised and can no longer support the weight on top of the asphalt. You can have these cracks filled but, after time, the asphalt will need to be removed and repaved.
Potholes are usually the result of alligator cracks, which is why it is important to get cracks filled and keep your asphalt sealed in order to prevent cracks in the first place. If not patched, potholes will continue to grow in size and can be a hazard for both cars and people! Another sign to look out for is depressions in the asphalt.
If water collects in specific areas while the asphalt is drying, there are probably depressions in your asphalt. Depressions are caused by insufficient packing during the course of paving. Patching can help to slow down the damage but ultimately, the asphalt will need to be removed and new asphalt paving will need to be done to fix the integrity of the ground underneath.
If you notice your asphalt fading in color, cracks forming, or puddles lingering after the rain, it may be time for asphalt sealing. Asphalt sealing protects your asphalt from wear and tear from heavy traffic and harsh weather conditions. Asphalt maintenance is extremely important and prevents major damage that can cost you a lot of money on a new parking lot or driveway paving!
Make sure to get your asphalt sealed every 2-3 years to save you time and money. If you have any questions about Driveway Paving Stamford CT, Asphalt Paving Stamford CT, or Asphalt sealing Stamford CT, contact DNM Associates today!