Winter weather and rain go hand in hand, which is why fall is a good time to take a closer look at the condition of your paved surfaces. The good news is that, with proper routine care and maintenance, your asphalt pavement is sure to last decades. All asphalt surfaces, including parking lots, driveways, roadways and more, can benefit from maintenance before the arrival of the winter season. Below are some tips to help you winterize asphalt in Santa Rosa, CA.
Inspect paved areas
Paved areas should be checked a couple times a year for problems and damage. Look for issues like pooled water and oil spots, and damage such as cracks and dull striping. Areas with standing water can break down the asphalt binder over time, causing erosion. Contact a professional about updating your paved surface’s drainage system. Oil and other fluids from vehicles are caustic to pavement. The presence of some fluids can lead to binder breakdown and surface issues. To maintain the condition of the asphalt, clean up oil and chemicals quickly.
It’s not unusual for asphalt pavement to show signs of wear and minor damage over time. Cracks, gouges, divots and uneven areas can be the result of things like heavy traffic, weeds growing through the material, standing water, oil spills and freeze/thaw patterns. Cracks typically start out small and are possible signs of asphalt breakdown. Fixing small cracks and sealcoating surfaces in preparation for winter can save you from having to completely repave later. Dull and worn-out striping is harder to see during the winter months. Make sure parking spaces, curbs and ADA-designated areas are restriped this fall.
Clear away debris
Clearing debris from your asphalt driveway, parking lot or road is good for the appearance of your property. Of course you should sweep up leaves, twigs, dirt and garbage on a regular basis, but it’s particularly important to do this ahead of and throughout the winter months. Debris can block the drainage channels running away from asphalt surfaces, causing rainwater to seep into and break down asphalt binders. Poor drainage can also lead to flooding. Another concern is debris like piles of leaves obstructing curbs and parking spot dividers from view. If people can’t see curbs, they can trip and get injured or even drive into them.
Call a professional for inspections and sealcoating
You might not know what kind of paving problem you have or how bad the damage really is. A professional can assess your pavement, make repairs or install a new surface, if necessary. A good way to ensure your asphalt doesn’t crack or erode is to sealcoat it. The pros recommend sealcoating every three to five years to rejuvenate the asphalt binder at the surface, while also providing a layer of protection against water, oil and heavy traffic. A proper sealcoat makes surfaces look newer, more attractive and stronger for the long term.
Don’t wait until winter arrives to start maintenance. If you need help winterizing your asphalt, call Sikes Asphalt Group Inc. An expert asphalt contractor in Santa Rosa, CA is standing by to assist you!
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