ASPHALT MAINTENANCE

Tips To Help Guard Your Investment

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ASPHALT MAINTENANCE TIPS

For the best in pavement maintenance, you can count on HASCO.  Our highly qualified staff is committed to ensuring your satisfaction by applying quality materials guaranteed to stand the test of time.  We use only the latest most technologically advanced paving products and equipment.  We know that your property is very important to you and that is why, our courteous and friendly staff will strive to target your specific needs so that your satisfaction is guaranteed.

While we will do all we can to ensure the best quality job, here are some things that you can do to prolong the life of your investment.

Follow These Important Tips To Help Guard Your Investment

PREVENT SCARRING

During the first 8 – 12 months while your asphalt pavement is curing, try not to park in the same spot every time.  Avoid turning the steering wheel while your car is not moving.  Doing so may create “power steering marks”.  This “scuffing is normal and will subside as the pavement cures.  Turn the wheel slowly and gradually to prevent “scarring” the asphalt.

SUPPORT THE EDGE

The edges are the most vulnerable to cracking and breaking.  It is beneficial to backfill up to the side of the pavement with topsoil to support the edge.  This will also enhance the appearance and allow for easier maintenance.

BICYCLES AND MOTORCYCLES

Bicycle and motorcycle kick stands, if placed on the asphalt while the weather is hot, will sink into the asphalt leaving either a hole or a mark.  To prevent this, you will need to place a board between the asphalt and the kick stand.

GASOLINE – MOTOR OIL

Gas, motor oil, transmission fluid and power steering fluid, if spilled, will penetrate through the asphalt.  The damaged surface should be repaired as soon as possible.  Small areas of repair can be done by the owner by purchasing “cold patch asphalt” from a hardware / home improvement store.  Large areas of repair should be repaired by professionals.

SEALCOATING

With the proper care and maintenance, asphalt will last for many years. One of the most effective ways to prolong the life of your asphalt is to apply a sealer on a regular basis. New asphalt should be sealed one year from the date of installation allowing time for the asphalt to cure. A newly installed asphalt pavement is flexible; but, over time, it will become more rigid and susceptible to cracking due to heavy traffic loads, harsh weather conditions, oil leaks, and other irritants.  Any cracks that have appeared should be filled with a hot rubberized crack sealant.  Expect to sealcoat every two or three years after the first application. This will help protect your asphalt investment and prevent surface deterioration.

IT’S ONLY NATURAL

Asphalt has various sizes of stone and sand, which cause a varied textured surface.  It is natural for areas that have been raked and worked by hand to appear a little rougher than areas paved by a machine.  This should not be a concern.  Due to expansion and contraction of the ground, it is natural for random cracking of the pavement to occur.  The cracks should be sealed promptly to prevent water from penetrating the asphalt and causing further deterioration.

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