Preventative maintenance goes a long way in protecting your asphalt driveway or parking lot from the effects of the sun’s rays. Left uncared for, your asphalt surface will become dull, deformed and cracked. Think about what the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can do to our skin—asphalt can be damaged in a similar way.
Additionally, asphalt is a conductor of heat, which can make your driveway or parking lot surface reach a temperature of 170 degrees. This not only causes problems to your asphalt surface but can be harmful to touch.
RoadStar Paving, Pittsburgh’s trusted asphalt paving company provides the following tips to help protect your asphalt from the sun this summer.
One of the best ways to protect your asphalt investment and keep it looking new is to apply a seal coat. Sealcoating protects your parking lot or driveway from heat oxidation and water damage, which can deteriorate asphalt. RoadStar Paving recommends you apply a high-quality sealant every three years, in the spring, to protect and extend the life of your asphalt. Sealcoating is a cost-effective solution that minimizes the need for repairs.
Summertime means sprinkler use, car washing and rain. Water can seep into unattended cracks causing your asphalt to deteriorate. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause further damage. Regularly inspect your asphalt surface for any needed repairs. If you detect a problem area, fix it immediately. It is an easy and cost-effective way to prevent unsafe conditions, expensive repairs and loss of curb appeal.
Whether it be leaves, dirt, sticks, rocks or bird droppings, keep your asphalt free of debris. The sun’s rays combined with the stress of any lingering items on your asphalt driveway or parking lot can begin to damage your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Regularly sweeping or washing off your pavement will keep it looking clean and damage free.
Heat and prolonged sun exposure causes asphalt to soften and weaken. If you are working on outdoor projects, avoid using sharp tools and equipment near your asphalt pavement. If these items are dropped, they can create holes and cracks in the surface. If you need to work on your car or any other project outside on the asphalt, try doing so in the early morning or late evening hours, when the temperatures are cooler and the asphalt is not as soft.
If you know what you are doing and have the proper tools, asphalt maintenance can be done on your own. It still doesn’t hurt to have a professional paving company perform inspections and needed repairs every once in a while. In the end, it will save you time and possibly money.
For over 20 years, RoadStar Paving, located in Coraopolis, PA, has been serving residential and commercial customers in western Pennsylvania. Family-owned and operated, RoadStar Paving provides high-quality paving, repair and sealcoating services. If your Pittsburgh property is in need of a paving company, call RoadStar Paving at 412-318-5869.