When it comes to asphalt maintenance, prevention is the name of the game. Of course, you can't prevent your asphalt from getting damaged, but you can fix the problems as soon as you notice them. This article explains a few common problems with asphalt and how to fix them yourself. These solutions will stave off more complicated and expensive repairs.
If something heavy and sharp falls onto your asphalt and gouges it, there is really nothing you can do to prevent it. But if you leave that damaged area alone, it could grow. Once asphalt cracks or gets gouges, there are then exposed edges that are quite vulnerable. If you are walking or driving over this area regularly, the damage is just going to grow bigger.
Once a hole or crack in your asphalt gets too big, it is impossible to fix without hot formula. This is a nightmare compared to fixing small cracks with cold formula solution. Hot formula patch is usually necessary if you need to fix more than two or three square feet of asphalt. Of course, the depth of the hole also comes into play. The job requires heating the patch and using expensive equipment that you will probably have to rent. Cold formula patch, on the other hand, is cheap, easy to find at any home improvement store and ease to apply. That is why it is so important to fix the gouge as soon as you notice it.
Resealing Your Asphalt
Asphalt sealant is a great way to protect your asphalt, particularly the patched areas. No amount of sealant will be able to prevent certain types of damage. For instance, it won't do anything if you drop an engine block onto the asphalt. However, it is vital in protecting the asphalt against fading and water damage. Resealing asphalt is pretty simple because you basically just pour it on, spread it around, and wait for it to dry. Most products suggest applying multiple coats. It is a simple DIY project that can be done easily on a dry, warm day to increase drying times. The long term protection that regularly sealing your asphalt provides is important structurally and aesthetically. Faded, grey asphalt just doesn't look as good as a fresh, black slab.
Most asphalt maintenance and repair is simple, especially if you catch and fix the problem early. So, it is important to always monitor and check your slab for spots that need to be sealed or patched. For more information, contact a company like City Wide Services.