Preventing Water Damage on Asphalt Pavement

Preventing Water Damage on Asphalt Pavement

Preventing Water Damage on Asphalt Pavement

Water is an impressive and powerful force, essential to sustaining life. But, it also poses a danger to many other materials, damaging from the inside out or eroding their surfaces. Given enough time and water pressure, a smooth surface can be worn away like the Grand Canyon, simply from the power of water.

While the Grand Canyon easily inspires awe in people who visit, the same force applied to a surface you want to keep smooth can become a problem. You definitely do not want your business parking lot or driveway to have anything in common with Grand Canyon, especially regarding the impression water has made on it. Fortunately, our experts at M. Carroll Blacktop Service know how to resist water damage.

Sealcoating in Sutter Creek, CA

Sealcoating is designed to protect your asphalt surface and prolong its life. It is a thin layer of liquid applied over paved surfaces to protect them from damages caused by vehicle fluid leaks, snow and rain, and UV rays. It cannot repair existing damages, like potholes and cracks, but it will help keep them from happening in the first place.

Water intrusion is asphalt's number one enemy. Once water infiltrates the surface of your asphalt and compromises the structural integrity of your pavement, the time, effort, and money you spend to repair it will make you wish you had maintained it properly. Sealcoating is the best way to keep water damage at bay. Experts recommend sealcoating your pavement within a year of installation and every 2 to 3 years after, depending on the condition and exposure to harmful elements.

Giving water a place to go

Water management demands considering how much water can be retained on a surface, where it flows naturally, how much will run off, how quickly it will do so, and where it should be directed or stored. These considerations and others are called stormwater management.

Everyone knows that given enough time, water will damage nearly any surface. Therefore, it is potentially dangerous for your pavement to have water collect and remain on top of it. It is also potentially dangerous for it to rush off into drainage systems or roads, which can become overwhelmed and flooded in no time. Instead, asphalt can be designed to allow excess water to percolate through its many layers, acting much like the natural layers of earth that clean and hold water before releasing it into waterways. The EPA encourages porous asphalt pavements at full depth as a green infrastructure best practice because they are so effective at stormwater management.

It is essential to consider managing water if you hope to keep your asphalt attractive, functional, and smooth. You can manage water damage effectively with permeable and porous surfaces or sealcoating applications. Contact us today for more information on porous asphalt installation and sealcoating. We have the experience and expertise to handle all of your asphalt paving needs! Our focus on satisfaction and outstanding customer service allows us to exceed your expectations with every service we provide.

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