Asphalt surfaces age over time because of weathering and general wear and tear. 

This natural aging process weakens the quality of the asphalt mixture and reduces the effectiveness of the asphalt binder, making the asphalt base more susceptible to failing. Left unaddressed, this failure can worsen and damage your asphalt surface significantly.

What Causes Asphalt to Fail?

Weathering: Exposure to sunlight, rain, snow, and fluctuating temperatures can cause asphalt to deteriorate. UV rays break down the chemical bonds in the asphalt, leading to oxidation and brittleness. Water infiltration, mainly through cracks, can freeze and expand, causing further damage.

Heavy Traffic: Continuous heavy loads from vehicles can lead to rutting and deformation of the asphalt surface. Over time, this constant pressure weakens the asphalt and creates cracks and potholes.

Poor Drainage: Inadequate drainage systems can prevent water from pooling on the asphalt surface or seeping into the base layers. Excess moisture weakens the foundation and accelerates the deterioration process.

Substandard Installation: Improper installation techniques, such as inadequate compaction or low-quality materials, can compromise the integrity of the asphalt from the outset. This makes the surface more prone to early failure.

Lack of Maintenance: Refrain from neglecting regular maintenance, such as sealcoating and crack filling, allowing minor issues to escalate into major problems. Small cracks can expand, and minor surface damage can lead to more extensive structural problems.

Should You Be Concerned With Cracks?

Absolutely! Cracks in asphalt are more than just an aesthetic issue; they are a sign of underlying problems that, if left untreated, can lead to extensive and costly repairs. Early intervention is crucial. If you see any cracks forming, get them checked out by professionals as soon as possible. The earlier you catch the damage, the more cost-effective the repairs will be.

How Can You Protect Your Asphalt?

Proper maintenance is vital to keeping your asphalt surfaces in good condition. Here are some effective strategies to protect your asphalt and extend its lifespan:

Asphalt Sealcoating: This process involves applying a protective layer to the asphalt surface, shielding it from the elements. Sealcoating helps to prevent oxidation, resist water penetration, and reduce the impact of UV rays.

Regular Crack Filling: Filling cracks as soon as they appear prevents water from seeping into the base layers and causing further damage. Regular crack filling is a cost-effective way to maintain the integrity of your asphalt surface.

Asphalt Milling and Overlays/Patching: These techniques involve removing and replacing the top layer of asphalt or patching specific areas that have suffered significant damage. Milling and overlays can revitalize your asphalt surface and extend its life span.

Partner with Professionals

At Brite Line Asphalt Maintenance, we understand the importance of a well-maintained asphalt surface. Our team of experts is equipped with the knowledge and tools to address any asphalt issues you may encounter. Whether you need sealcoating, crack filling, or more extensive repairs, we are here to help.

Contact us today to schedule your asphalt project design or request a quote. Let us help you keep your asphalt surfaces in optimal condition for years to come.