There is little more frustrating than heading to the store for some groceries, just to end up driving aimlessly around the parking lot looking for a space. If it becomes a regular thing for a particular establishment, they could even end up losing business.
Paved surfaces, both concrete and asphalt, share a list of similarities. This translates to similar needs developing that must be addressed to ensure the longevity of your pavement.
Preventative maintenance represents the smaller repairs and protective measures you can apply to your surfaces. These can do everything from retarding the damage of ultraviolet radiation to repairing the structural integrity of your pavement.
Let’s explore some forms of preventative maintenance, and why they are necessary.
1. Crack Fillers and Sealers
Cracks develop as the result of shifts in the ground, the expansion and contraction of pavement, exposure to ultraviolet radiation, moisture, and a long list of reasons.
The common thread is that cracks tend to get larger with time if left unrepaired.
Crack fillers and sealers exist to repair these problems, but they must be applied properly for the best repairs. These fillers can help to maintain the structural integrity of your pavement, which in turn makes it last longer than it would otherwise.
2. Protective Coatings
Protective coatings are designed to act as a barrier between the elements and your paved surfaces. While these surfaces are innately “tough” when it comes to withstanding pressure and other forces, they are typically vulnerable to the large amount of stress that the elements can induce.
These coatings may be used to protect against ultraviolet radiation from the sun, to reduce the effect that moisture has, or to lessen problems that could lead to damage.
3. Repairing Paved Portions
Paved surfaces tend to accumulate damage as they remain improperly maintained. This can lead to things like curbs crumbling, large cracks, or even large potholes.
Rather than replacing the entire surface, small repairs can be performed that will restore the structural integrity and usability of damaged pavement. These repairs are both efficient in terms of time and money.
Preventative Maintenance Keeps Your Pavement Healthy
Pavement may appear to be incredibly sturdy and durable, but it must be built to withstand an awesome amount of forces. Even perfect pavement will eventually begin to accumulate damage due to these forces.
The best way to keep your pavement looking and functioning properly is to routinely maintain it. This will ensure that your paved surfaces last, which in turn will make your investments last longer while bringing numerous benefits to your property.
To have your pavement questions answered by the professionals at Advanta Asphalt & Concrete, or to schedule a free quote, contact us by calling (386) 362-5580.