3 Of The Biggest Threats To Your Asphalt Pavement

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When it comes to asphalt pavement, it is a really strong substance that can handle thousands of pounds of weight. However, there are some things that can threaten the strength of your asphalt pavement. If you want to protect your asphalt pavement, you need to know what the biggest threats to it are.  

Threat #1: Surface Water 

One of the biggest threats to your pavement is surface water that just sits on the top of your asphalt. Standing water on your asphalt is not just annoying, it can also weaken the structure of your pavement and lead to cracks and potholes in your pavement over time.  

The best thing to do in regard to surface water is make sure your property has a drainage system that encourages water to move into the appropriate drains and not just sit on the surface of your asphalt. Second, you can sealcoat your asphalt every few years to fill in cracks and imperfections that surface water will try to sneak into and ruin the integrity of your asphalt.  

Threat #2: Sunlight 

Sunlight can be damaging to your asphalt just like it is to your skin. The ultraviolet rays in the sun can break down the surface of your asphalt. The best way to protect the surface of your pavement is to have it sealcoated every few years. Sealcoating provides your asphalt with a protective coating that will allow your asphalt to fight back against the damaging rays from the sun and help prevent surface damage.  

Threat #3: Tree Roots 

Trees are very determined to live, which means that tree roots will do whatever they have to do in order to reach the water they need to thrive. One of the best defenses against tree roots is to be careful about where you place your concrete in the first place.  

Tree roots can extend more than fifty feet from a tree. Tree roots are often located right below ground level, trying to get that shallow rain water. You should not place asphalt directly over tree roots. This prevents the roots from getting access to the water they need, which will only push the roots upward and cause cracks in your cement as the trees try to reach water and grow. 

You can help out your trees by providing them with water at the base of the trees so they don't go seeking water elsewhere. You can also cut down trees that are too close to your asphalt to prevent their roots from wrecking your pavement.  

When it comes to your pavement, some of the biggest threats are surface water, sunlight, and tree roots. Fight back against surface water with a porous asphalt, fight back against sunlight with sealcoating, and fight back against tree roots with a good installation plan. For more information, you can contact companies like Sealtech Asphalt Inc.

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