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Tips on Maintaining Your Asphalt Pavement and Parking Lot Fundamentally,asphalt pavements are made by using a material called a binder to hold together tightly stones and gravel into a lasting durable state. The binder itself is made by distillation of some crude oils. This binder is affected adversely when chemicals,rains and ultraviolet rays come into direct contact with it,starting off a degradation process that finally forces the property owner to do major repairs or to replace the asphalt pavement altogether. Uncontrolled asphalt degradation results in pavement surfaces that appear unpleasant or in some cases they may look like they need a serious face lift. In order to minimize the effects of the elements mentioned above and prolong the useful life of your driveway,it is important that a deliberate program that involves an early sealing of cracks and sealcoating on the asphalt pavement be planned and executed. Sealcoating effectively seals off the elements making sure there is no contact between them and the binder. Many property owners today prefer to do crack sealing and sealcoating early on when the asphalt is not already badly affected to spending thousands of dollars in future when whole pavement will have to be replaced due to lack of prompt maintenance. Crack sealing looks simple but involves a lot more than what one may imagine. The right kind of crack filler material should be procured first. The way the affected asphalted surface is prepared for the process of crack sealing determines a lot the quality of the results of the process.
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Clean sweeping of the area and blowing the cracks with a high pressure compressor ensures that all particles,dirt,moisture and debris that weaken the ability of the filler material to bind the gravel as compactly as desired are eliminated.
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The area to be worked on should be clean and dry and that is why compressors should be constantly examined to ensure they do not contain oil or moisture droplets which could end up in the cracks. The crack fill should be applied immediately the crack is cleaned and dried up. Bear the following in mind when planning to do sealcoating. Do not perform seal coating if there is any indication that rain may fall in the next 24 hours. Avoid applying the sealcoat when the atmospheric temperatures fall below 50 degrees. At least 2 coats should be applied if one wants to get satisfying results. The sealcoat should be let to cure for a minimum of 1 day before the pavement can be used again. It is advisable that sealcoating be repeated after every 2 or 3 years. Re-striping should be done after every 2 years. Always check to be sure that your parking lot is not out of alignment with the federal law known as ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act. The proper application of these processes at the most appropriate time will help you keep your asphalt pavement looking great and well taken care of for long.