Here in Texas, where the sun is notoriously strong, most of us understand the importance of wearing sunscreen. After all, we know the serious damage that direct sun exposure will do to our skin over time.
But how many of us apply that same understanding to asphalt maintenance?
Here’s what you need to know about the effects of sunlight on asphalt and how you can protect your pavement.
How UV Rays Affect Your Blacktop
The sun’s UV rays don’t cause serious destruction overnight. It takes time.
Gradually, UV rays oxidize the oils in your asphalt, causing the bonds to weaken. At first, your pavement will fade to gray. Then, slowly but surely, the bonds in your asphalt will deteriorate to the point that water is able to penetrate the surface and make its way down to the foundation. This is where the serious damage happens.
If enough time passes without intervention, major cracks and potholes will form.
What You Can Do About It
Sealcoat your driveway or parking lot. Think of it as sunscreen for your pavement!
Fill in minor cracks and apply a quality sealcoat to protect your surface from water intrusion. This should be done every three to five years and will prevent future damage.
However, if your pavement is riddled with deep potholes, wide cracks, or other major faults, then sealcoating will only be a Band-Aid. You’ll likely need professional asphalt repair service.
For some of the most cost-effective and efficient asphalt repairs in Fort Worth, call United Asphalt Paving!