Preventative Maintenance on Asphalt
Now that you’ve laid down your new asphalt driveway, parking lot, or roadway, you want to keep it looking it’s very best. Preventative maintenance is the only way to ensure that your asphalt surface will stay smooth and safe for decades to come.
There are three levels of preventative maintenance that we recommend for all asphalt surfaces – patching, seal coating, and resurfacing.
Every asphalt surface is going to get the occasional crack, dip, or pothole from time to time. It’s essential that you repair this damage immediately upon noticing it. If cracks and potholes are left uncorrected for too long, they can penetrate all the way through the top layers of the asphalt into the substrate. Once this happens, only a complete replacement of the entire asphalt structure will correct the issue.
Sealcoating involves covering the asphalt surface with a protective sealant to prevent oxidation of the asphalt’s binding agents. This preserves the structure of the asphalt and keeps it looking great for years. Sealcoating should be done about 60-90 days after laying the asphalt (wait for all the oils to dissipate) then every 2-5 years as needed. For asphalt under heavy use, expect to seal coat every two years or even more often.
About every 10 years, you should plan to do a complete asphalt resurfacing. This isn’t the same as replacing the asphalt. During resurfacing, any cracks or holes are repaired, the surface is leveled, and a new top layer is poured onto the existing surface. Resurfacing prolongs the life of your asphalt surface and gives it that brand new, just poured look.
Asphalt Maintenance Services in the Seattle Area
Don’t let an asphalt surface in disrepair bring down the curb appeal of your property! If you live in the Seattle metro and have an asphalt surface that needs some attention, call the experts at Jireh Asphalt & Concrete at (425) 268 3084 or contact us online. We’ll set up a consultation to assess your existing asphalt and recommend preventative maintenance and repair services to get your asphalt back to its former glory. In the meantime, check out our reviews and find out why Jireh is Seattle’s premier asphalt and concrete contracting company!