Summer officially started on June 21st, and hopefully, you’ve been enjoying the weather amidst the chaos currently ensuing around the globe. The season has since been in full swing, with outside temperatures staying around 80-90 in the Midwest. The high sun exposure is excellent news for your garden and your tan– but it can be detrimental to your asphalt parking lot, driveway, or roadway. Just as asphalt doesn’t perform well during winter (See our other blog post), it’s also über-sensitive to hot weather and the UV rays that go along with it. Hot summer weather could cost you big-time in future repairs, but we’re here to help!
Intense sunlight is coupled with intense UV rays, which are invisible but extremely damaging to asphalt surfaces by speeding up the deterioration process. Ultraviolet rays break down your asphalt by weakening the bonds of the oils/components within it and make it fade to grey. Once enough damage has been done from the rays, water will eventually breach the structure’s surface and trickle down to the foundation, causing permanent damage.
This is why we highly suggest starting a maintenance plan with us, including routine sealcoating every 2-3 years. Sealcoat is the surefire way to keep your driveway/parking lot/roadway safe against UV ray damage. Applying sealcoat to pavement actually provides as a protective watertight layer against nature’s elements. You’ll be prolonging both the life of your pavement and the need to replace it prematurely.
As the UV rays will dull a once jet-black pavement, they will do the same to your parking stalls, painted curbs, and other pavement markings. Easily visible line-striping on parking lots is essential for drivers and pedestrians alike. Proper pavement markings enhance any property’s value by ensuring a well-maintained, efficient, and compliant parking lot or roadway. They are designed to maximize space while increasing the traffic-flow productivity of pedestrians and vehicles. We highly suggest investing in getting fresh pavement markings each summer, for both safety and aesthetic reasons!
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But don’t sweat it, our pavement experts provide innovative, cost-effective, and timely maintenance solutions for all of the asphalt issues that come with the change in seasons. Our team has 30+ years of experience with concrete and asphalt paving, maintenance, and repairs, for commercial, residential, industrial, condominium, and townhome association properties. To extend your pavement’s lifetime and stretch your maintenance dollars, we preserve concrete/asphalt surfaces with a customized approach of long-term maintenance plans. By prioritizing procedures based on each property’s maintenance needs and funding, we’re your trusted partner for the full lifecycle of parking lots, driveways, roads, sidewalks, dolly pads, and more.
Posted by C. Butler on 7/1/20