How to Keep Your Asphalt in Top Condition This Summer: A Comprehensive Checklist


How to Keep Your Asphalt in Top Condition This Summer: A Comprehensive Checklist

As the North Carolina summer rolls around and brings hotter temperatures and longer heat waves, intense heat and frequent usage can take a toll on your asphalt surfaces. Whether it’s a driveway, a parking lot or a road, proper maintenance is crucial to ensuring your asphalt’s longevity and performance. Here’s a detailed checklist to help you keep your asphalt in top condition during the summer months:

Conduct Regular Visual Inspections – Inspect your asphalt at least once a month during the summer. Check for cracks, potholes, oil stains, drainage issues, and fading.

Clean the Surface – Sweep the surface to remove leaves, dirt, and other debris. Use a degreaser or specialized cleaner to remove oil and other stains that can damage or weaken the asphalt.

Sealcoating – Sealcoating protects the asphalt from UV rays, water, and chemicals. A fresh coat of sealant will usually last around 2-3 years. 

Repair Cracks and Potholes – If you see cracks or potholes starting to form, you should address it as soon as possible with a high-quality crack filler or hire a professional to make the necessary repairs. Filling in cracks prevents water from seeping in and damaging the asphalt.

Address Drainage Issues – See that water is not pooling on the asphalt surface as this can lead to erosion and weakening of the asphalt. The wettest months in North Carolina are from July through September, and can cause your asphalt to deteriorate faster. Clean and maintain nearby gutters and drains to ensure proper water flow.

Control Vegetation Growth – Remove any weeds or grass growing through cracks. These can expand cracks and cause further damage. Maintain the edges of your asphalt to prevent roots from nearby plants from damaging the surface.

Temperature Management – During extremely hot days in North Carolina, lightly spray the asphalt with water to cool it down and prevent softening. Try to avoid parking heavy vehicles on the asphalt during peak heat hours.

Markings and Signs – Repaint any faded lines or markings to ensure safety and aesthetics. Check and replace any worn-out reflective signs to maintain visibility.

Asphalt Repair in the Triangle: Call Raleigh Paving!

We recommend getting a professional to assess the condition of your asphalt at least once a year. Our team of experienced asphalt paving professionals can provide expert advice and services for any and all necessary repairs. Keep your asphalt surfaces looking great, and call Raleigh Paving at (919) 651-4799 or fill out our form for a FREE consultation.

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