Nothing quite compares to a newly laid asphalt surface related to either a commercial or residential project. However, even the best-laid new asphalt requires some care, attention and maintenance. Taking care of an asphalt driveway or parking lot or any type of paved surface will guarantee long-term durability and attractiveness. The good news is that very little care is required once a newly paved job has been allowed to cure. Simple maintenance and upkeep is typically all that is required.

Shrink And Expand

Depending on the climate and the conditions at hand, a paved driveway or parking lot will experience wear and tear over time and cracking and potholes can develop over time. That is why it’s important to work with an experienced and knowledgeable team of professional asphalt technicians. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of caring for asphalt is to ensure that the correct type of sealant is applied especially in the hot Arizona climate. Having a contractor do this work is usually the best option. Because temperature can cause asphalt to shrink and expand it is important to apply proper sealant.

Poorly Maintained Asphalt

It is a proven fact that poorly maintained asphalt will crack with time. Cracking typically occurs when water is allowed to enter small cracks in the asphalt. In more extreme cases asphalt can actually crumble and fall apart. This is where potholes typically develop causing a bumpy and uneven surface. In most cases a potholes requires replacing base material by removing the existing asphalt and then excavating the entire base. Once this is accomplished a new layer or base is installed and a fresh application of asphalt is applied. It is important is fill cracks with a hot rubberized crack filler and to also have all potholes filled in for proper maintenance.

Application Of Sealant

Once these steps have been accomplished than a sealant is applied as a way to prevent future cracking. Sealants are typically used to repel water and to ensure that damage due to weather and water is minimal. In addition, a new layer of sealer can give an asphalt driveway or parking lot a refreshed look. In essence, asphalt sealant serves two purposes. It not only protects the surface, but it can create a more attractive look. Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain and that is that proper care for any type of asphalt project is essential. Contact Sunrise Asphalt today for Tucson asphalt paving.