Benefits Of Resurfacing
- Heightened "Curb Appeal"
- Improved Visibility
- Decreases Liability for Parking Lot Mishaps
- Customer Courtesy
- Improves Organization and Traffic Flow
- Designates Parking for Handicapped Persons, Customers and Employees
What Causes Asphalt To Crack?
Asphalt cracking is caused by both the freeze/thaw cycle as well as the effects of the sun and moisture. The sun oxidizes asphalt cement, causing shrinkage and creating separations which lead to cracks. Moisture is then able to reach the pavement’s subsurface and soften it. Surface traffic soon begins to deteriorate the pavement around the crack, creating a larger problem…the pothole.
What's The Importance Of Sealing Asphalt Cracks?
Proper attention to cracks will prevent problems from spreading, and extend the life of the pavement. Treating the problem while it is still small will pay big dividends later by delaying costly resurfacing.
Existing cracks are cleaned by compressed air. Cracks may also be routed to create a reservoir for additional material. This allows for greater expansion and contraction of the pavement without cracking. A hot liquid asphalt cracksealing material is then applied to the cracks, after which a squeegee is used to “band” the crack and blend the material with the existing pavement.
Caring For New Sealcoat
Once the decision has been made and the sealcoat has been applied, traffic should be kept off the area for at least 24 hours. Where parking lots need to be open for customer parking, the contractor can arrange to sealcoat the lot in sections. Failure to keep cars off the sealcoat before it dries and cures will result in tracking throughout the lot and onto sidewalks and halls of adjacent properties.
Contact East End Asphalt today for more information on out asphalt repair and resurfacing services.