An asphalt pavement offers you many years of durability and functionality, provided you maintain it well. Timely checkups and repairs can prevent expensive maintenance costs down the road. And this is why you should have a seasonal asphalt checklist to keep your asphalt driveway or parking lot in good condition.
And today, we will help you create a fall asphalt assessment checklist so that your pavement survives autumn and is prepared for the winter. A fall assessment checklist can help you recognize problem areas on your asphalt that can be fixed before the weather gets rough.
To start, cleaning your asphalt surfaces shouldn’t be a seasonal affair. However, if it has been a while since you power-washed your pavement, now is a good time as any.
Thoroughly cleaning your asphalt will remove dirt and debris along with oil and chemical stains that can damage the surface and make it dangerous to walk on. More importantly, cleaning the surface will help identify early signs of damage, such as cracks. This brings us to the next point.
As fall arrives, you should inspect your paved surfaces for cracks, faded line striping, potholes, and other signs of damage and safety hazards. These defects should be rectified immediately. Procedures such as crack filling and sealing are cost-effective ways to keep your pavement from further deterioration.
Fall is a good time to get the cracks fixed because the freeze-thaw cycle in the winters can expand and contract them, leading to substantial damage. Moreover, some processes like sealcoating are impossible in freezing temperatures, which makes fall the ideal season for asphalt maintenance.
Following from the previous point, sealcoating is best done in the drier months. Sealcoating fixes small cracks, patches, and rough spots. The sealants also act as protective barriers against water damage as well as harmful UV rays. Not to mention, sealcoating restores a shiny appearance to your asphalt pavement.
Proper drainage is vital for the integrity of your asphalt pavement. Conversely, water is the worst enemy of asphalt. So if you notice any standing or pooling water, especially after rainfall, you may have an underlying problem with the drainage. Regular cleaning is also vital as fall debris can block your drainage.
To sum up, fall is a great time for asphalt assessment. Once the winters arrive, you will find it hard to perform asphalt maintenance and repairs. Not to mention, snow and ice left on your driveway and parking lot can also deteriorate the pavement.
For all these reasons and more, be proactive this fall and follow this asphalt assessment checklist to keep your pavement in the best condition. In Elsa, Texas, property owners can always reach out to D&J Construction LLC for routine asphalt maintenance and repairs. You may click here to learn more about how we can help you protect your asphalt structures during the fall.