If you use asphalt pavement for your home or business on roads, driveways, or parking lots, you want to keep it in good, working condition. Besides being unsightly, asphalt cracking can reduce the functionality of your pavement and lead to more serious damage. If you notice cracks in your pavement, call a driveway repair contractor who can evaluate if the crack needs to be repaired or replaced. While some asphalt pavement cracking is inevitable, you can take better care of your pavement if you know the most common causes of asphalt cracking.
The 3 Most Common Causes of Asphalt Pavement Cracks
Your asphalt pavement can break down over time due to sun, rain, and water exposure. When water begins to penetrate the surface, it can wash out the base under the pavement and cause it to crack and collapse. Sunlight can also damage your pavement because it dries out the liquid asphalt that holds the pavement together. Once there are small cracks, more moisture can get in and expand them.
Since many driveways and parking lots are built with asphalt pavement, they are prone to chemical spills like gas and oil from vehicle traffic. Repeated exposure to chemicals can cause the asphalt to break down, making it more susceptible to cracking and damage.
3. Wear & Tear
Cars and trucks frequently use driveways and parking lots. Over time, and especially without proper maintenance, the asphalt pavement on these structures will break down. It's important to stay on top of the minor cracks so they don't turn into bigger, more costly problems.
Seal King Paving in Walden, NY, provides residential and commercial paving, sealcoating, pothole repair, parking lot striping, and more. The full-service asphalt company can help you with all your paving needs. Call their friendly staff at (845) 778-4365 to learn more today.