Caring for Your Pavement 
 

 

The front of your home is like a welcome mat and is an important part of the first impression of your home. The pavement or asphalt in the front of your home makes a statement about the condition of your home and can contribute to the good look of your dwelling. If properly maintained, an asphalt surface can last up to 15 years or more. To properly care for your pavement, plan on sealing cracks and applying a seal coating, which involves putting a protective coating on the surface of the asphalt to reduce water penetration and exposure to ultra-violet rays.

If your driveway or sidewalks have cracks in them, you car fill in the cracks to prevent further erosion. Cracks develop due to temperature changes which causes expansion and contractions of the material. When moisture from rain or snow slowly seeps into the natural cracks that develop in asphalt, you get a condition called alligatoring. The moisture slowly erodes the base and sub-grade, which leads to instability of the surface. This will lead to more cracks when you drive your vehicle over it. Eventually, this condition leads to potholes, when the pavement starts to break away and forms a hole.

The other natural enemy to your pavement surface is sunlight. Ultra-violet rays cause the oils in the pavement to oxidize and become brittle. Bits of the pavement eventually wear away due to traffic and weather, reducing the thickness of the surface over time. This damage is characterized by the appearance of small rocks on the surface, as the top layer is torn away.

If your driveway is showing signs of wear, you may want to consider repairing cracks and resealing your pavement. If it is already old and showing considerable wear, you may be faced with doing an overlay of more asphalt on top or having to replace your driveway completely. But if you have a newer driveway, take the time to do some preventative maintenance, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how long your pavement can last in good shape.

 

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Amarillo, TX 79109
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