How the South Can Recover from a Rough Winter
This winter has been a wild ride, especially for southern states that rarely see any winter weather at all! North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida all received snowfall this year, and as a result their unprepared asphalt roads are now filled with potholes and cracks. Without proper attention to road repair, southern transportation agencies are going to have an uphill battle this spring. Crack sealing and sealcoating are two very important treatments that all roads in the south should receive to prevent any additional damage.
Understand How Asphalt Functions
Asphalt pavement is a durable mixture consisting of rock, fine stone or sand, gravel, and asphalt cement. It tends to deteriorate, fade, and become brittle after years of enduring rain, sun, snow, and vehicle traffic. Without proper repairs, asphalt will continue to crack and break apart until it becomes a hazard for vehicles.
Crack Sealing Prevents Further Damage
Preventative maintenance and the repair of minor problems in the form of crack sealing is considerably less expensive and demanding than waiting too long and being forced to repave an entire stretch of road.
Asphalt cracks can be repaired with liquid asphalt in order to prevent water from entering into the cracks and compromising the structure of the pavement. When moisture is allowed to work its way into asphalt, it generates even more cracking and deterioration, so crack sealing is crucial.
The Benefits of Sealcoating
Sealcoating should be done after crack sealing. It is the process of applying a topcoat of asphalt to an asphalt surface in order to prolong its integrity and improve its appearance. This layer of sealcoat helps to protect the underlying asphalt from water, oils, and UV damage, and it also provides an attractive black finish. Sealcoating can actually double the life of pavement and minimize costly repairs down the road.
Though southern states are strangers to harsh winter weather, northwest states like Washington are prepared for it every year. That is why Jireh Asphalt and Concrete serves the greater Seattle area with the highest quality asphalt repairs. Just call (425) 678-3632 for a free estimate.