Asphalt is one of the most popular paving materials for several reasons. It is most often used in commercial settings like parking lots and driveways as well as roads due to its durable nature. If properly cared for, asphalt can last as long as 30 years before repairs are needed. If you are a property owner, it is in your best interests to keep your property looking its best with minimal investment. Here's what you need to know about asphalt sealing and why you need it.
How Asphalt can Become Damaged
While asphalt is known for being extremely tough, it is not immune to the elements. When poured, it is in a liquid form and it is pliable which allows it to be smoothed out properly. However, over time and due to exposure to the elements, asphalt becomes dry and loses its elasticity. This results in cracks which will eventually turn into potholes. Fortunately, sealing your asphalt will help prevent this. Here are some benefits of commercial asphalt sealing.
Protection from UV Rays
Since the sun is responsible for heating up and drying out the asphalt, a protective layer helps lock moisture and elasticity in place. Just like the sun dries out our skin, it has a similar effect on asphalt. The sealant is, therefore, like a form of ultraviolet sun protection or sunscreen.
Protection from Damage and Wear
The extra layer helps prevent excessive or premature wear due to regular use as well as chemical spills. Chemicals can spill from vehicles and you may not even know it. Only once the damage is done will you realize that the area was affected. Sealing the surface will help set your mind at ease.
During the colder months of the year, precipitation comes in many forms. Ice often forms and, when water particles freeze, they expand. Now, when water penetrates the asphalt and later freezes, it creates space inside the asphalt. When the water melts, the space remains enlarged which means that there is a small hole where the frozen water once was. This is how winter conditions take their toll on our roads and similar surfaces. Asphalt sealing keeps water at bay and prevents this type of damage.
Since all of these common forms of damage are prevented, you can expect your asphalt parking lot or driveway to last that much longer. A small investment today will help you save time and money in the future. Protecting your asphalted areas today will mean that they will not need to be replaced prematurely and you will not need to deal with this expense and inconvenience.
Old asphalt tends to discolor due to the elements. Sealing the surface prevents discoloration and helps keep the asphalt black so it looks just as it did the day it was poured. If you want to create a positive image for your business, it's important that you tend to the exterior just as you do the interior of your property.
At Action Home Services, we offer a full range of commercial and residential services to keep your property looking its best. For more information regarding our commercial asphalt sealing services, contact us at (647) 937-1023.