Keeping your yard and property in great condition is a smart move when you are looking to keep your home's value and its appearance, especially if you are considering selling your home in the future. Asphalt pavement offers a durable surface that is rugged enough for public roads and also attractive enough to install in your front yard and landscaping. When you are considering adding asphalt to your commercial property, here are some insight about your newly-installed pavement, and what you need to know about it to best take care of it.
Asphalt's Durable Surface
When you choose to install asphalt over any other paving materials, you know that it will last a long time and look attractive as long as you do your best to take care of it. Asphalt over another paving surface, such as gravel or concrete, is a solid surface that also has a bit of a flex to give slightly under a heavy loaded truck or vehicle. Also, when asphalt absorbs the sun's radiation it will soften the surface of the pavement and fill in any small cracks.
As an added bonus, your new asphalt surface is ready for you to walk upon and park your vehicles over as soon as it has been compacted and smoothed. Concrete, for example, needs to cure for several days before it is safe for use, so you cannot enjoy its benefits immediately. Gravel may be ready immediately after installation, but it is an ever-shifting surface that you constantly need to smooth and fill in formed potholes.
As a new asphalt surface owner, it is important that you understand the maintenance and repair requirements your new surface is going to need to keep it looking great. Your paving professional may recommend a repair schedule for your pavement, such as crack filling and sealcoating based on the usage of your pavement and the climate of your area. When your asphalt installation crew paves your new surface you can ask about recommended treatments during the life of your pavement.
Keep an eye on your pavement surface for any cracks that form. You can fill them after cleaning them of debris and vegetation using a cold asphalt mixture. Just be sure you compact it into place to ensure it remains stable. For smaller cracks, look for a liquid emulsion filler. Or ask your asphalt professional to complete repairs to your pavement to keep its integrity.
If you neglect your asphalt for long enough, then you will need to have the pavement resurfaced with a new layer. Your paving professional can either mill off the surface of the damaged asphalt first, or apply the new layer right on top of the existing, depending on its condition.
To learn more about the uses of asphalt for parking lot paving and driveway, contact local professionals.