Best Practices for Taking Care of Your Asphalt Pavement

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Do you want to make sure that your asphalt pavement holds up over the journey?

Of course, you do! While your pavement’s lifespan is largely dependent on the asphalt paving company you hire, their level of knowledge and experience, and the quality of the materials used, you also have a say in the longevity of your asphalt.

There are several maintenance tips that are relatively easy for you, your employees, and your customers to follow. Whether you have a new parking lot, commercial driveway, or roadway, here are the best practices for taking care of your asphalt pavement!

Emphasize Caution Immediately After Paving

The days and weeks immediately following the completion of your paving job is when your asphalt is most susceptible to damage. While your asphalt is still drying and fully curing, it’s important that you, your employees, and your customers make a collective effort to safeguard your pavement.

Avoid parking vehicles, equipment, or machinery on your new pavement for at least 2–3 days and as long as 5 days after paving. If you must park on your new pavement, avoid turning your steering wheel when parking, as doing so may leave streaks and other blemishes in your pavement.

Inspect Your Asphalt Pavement on a Frequent Basis

When it comes to extending your pavement’s life, preventing potential damage is key. As asphalt damage only becomes worse when it is unaddressed, you will want to identify any issues as soon as possible.

The best way to do this is to inspect your asphalt at least once each month. Make a checklist of issues to look out for—including debris, spills, stains, standing water, cracks, and potholes. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, assign the task to a team member you can trust!

Sweep and Wash Your Asphalt Pavement Regularly

Dirt, debris, and oil are three of the biggest threats to your asphalt. Fortunately, you can stop these agents from wreaking havoc on your surface by sweeping and washing your pavement.

Sweeping will help clear the area of grass, leaves, dirt, pollen, and rogue objects while washing the area will dilute any spillages and help bring up any products that have started to adhere to your surface.

If you find that spills have become stains or that stubborn materials don’t run off your pavement easily, you will want to scrub the area with a household detergent or degreaser with a broom or brush.

Contact Empire Paving today to receive a FREE quote for your next asphalt paving project. While there is much you can do to preserve your asphalt, long-lasting pavement starts with hiring a reputable Toronto asphalt paving company!

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