Common Pavement Questions, Answered

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When it comes to paving considerations for commercial or residential jobs, there are a few common questions.  Here at Pavement Specialties, we are more than willing to answer any questions you have.  Here are a few of the most common questions.

Having an investment in property usually means pavement is involved. The surrounding pavement of a building or land should be aesthetically pleasing as well as free from hazards. Here are three common questions people have about maintaining their pavement.

1. How Does the Weather Affect Pavement?

The temperature of the ground, as well as the surrounding air temperature, will affect the hardening process of pavement. Extreme weather, both hot and cold, can cause issues during the drying process. Cold weather can cause the surface to crack while hot temperatures will not allow the pavement to dry evenly.

When it comes to maintenance during the winter, snow removal is of the utmost importance. As long as the snow is removed by shovel or a hired service you will be protecting your pavement from erosion.

2. What Should I Consider Before Investing In Sidewalk Repair?

Cracked or uneven sidewalks are not only cosmetically unappealing, but they are hazardous as well. If you are thinking about repairing your sidewalk, you should first measure the amount of damage. If the sidewalk has destruction in one particular area, it’s possible to fix the spot instead of a full paving replacement.

3. Why Do I Need to Seal My Pavement Regularly?

Sealing your pavement regularly protects it from a broad range of damage. First, UV heat can cause the top layer to melt and create cracks and potholes. Pavement is also prone to liquids penetrating and depressing the surface layer. Lastly, pavement takes a regular beating form vehicles which can lead to cracks and decay. The sealant will extend the longevity of the pavement.

4. How can I protect my new asphalt?

We recommend applying a seal coat to the new asphalt surface within the first six to ten months of the new asphalt installation.  Following this seal coat, it is optimal to apply a new sealant layer every two to three years to protect your investment.  If cracks appear, have them filled annually.

5. What causes asphalt to fail?

The main factor that ruins asphalt jobs is when water penetrates into and through the subgrade.  This can come about through cracks, high traffic or weight loads on insufficient pavement thicknesses and abusive weather conditions.  Once water reaches the subgrade, it erodes the support for the pavement, eventually undermining the quality of the pavement itself.

6. Is it worth it to seal cracks?

Most certainly; the correct application of crack repair and maintenance can double the usable life many pavement types.

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Armed with the answers to these common questions, you will be better prepared to make decisions about Boise pavement repair.  If you are interested in a Boise commercial asphalt service, contact us today to start the conversation.

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