Asphalt is a durable material with a lifespan of up to 20 years, but it doesn’t last forever. When your road or parking lot is close to the end of its lifespan, there are obvious visible signs. Call a paving contractor when you see any of the following problems.
When to Hire a Paving Contractor to Lay New Asphalt
Small cracks will begin to form in the first few years after your asphalt is laid. However, as the pavement gets older, it will start to show “alligator cracks,” a network of extensive cracks that make the pavement look like scaly skin. Potholes will form as sections of the asphalt erode away, and the edges of the pavement may crumble.
2. Pooling Water
Over time, the ground underneath the road or lot will shift. This can leave sections of asphalt without support so they dip down. While this isn’t always obvious at first glance, water pools in these valleys after it rains, making them easy to spot.
New asphalt is a rich black color. Over time, the UV rays from the sun break down the bitumen that binds the asphalt together, making the surface appear dull gray. This isn’t just an aesthetic problem, because as the bitumen weakens, the asphalt becomes weaker and harder to maintain. The cost of repairing the crumbling surface would soon outweigh the cost of replacement.
For reliable asphalt services in the Dothan, AL, area, choose Midsouth Paving. Serving a 60-mile radius around their location, they specialize in large scale paving projects including road construction, with the heavy equipment to do the job efficiently and skillfully. They've won a wide range of awards for their work, including the AAPA Quality Paving Award, NAPA Proof of Quality & Diamond Achievement Plant Designation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contractor of the Year and Safe Performance Award, and the Zero Lost Time Award. You can contact them at (334) 712-7500 or learn more about their services online.