Resurfacing a parking lot or driveway is a large cost that not everyone budgets for. In order to extend the life of your pavement, take a proactive approach and consider doing some Pavement Preventive Maintenance (PPM). The concept behind PPM is to keep your good pavement good and not letting it show signs of deterioration. Even if your pavement shows some signs of deterioration, PPM can help to get a few extra years out of your pavement. Here are some PPM tips that can help you to save both your pavement and hard earned dollars:
Control Load On Your Pavement
Fix Drainage Problems
seal coating seals the surface of your asphalt, protecting it from the elements and preventing water seepage. Elements that cause your pavement to become oxidized and brittle include oxygen, moisture and UV rays.
A sealcoated surface also looks great. It has a rich, dark black color compared to oxidized pavement which is gray. You can tell in the above picture which side of the parking lot has a sealcoat and which side does not.
Sealcoat material can be purchased and installed yourself. However, there are many sealcoat materials out there and all of them are not the same. If you are looking at a large area to cover, seal coating out of buckets may be too labor intensive and contacting a contractor with the equipment to install may be a better option.
These are just a few tips on how to extend the life of your asphalt pavement. Depending on the scope of the work, these tips may be easy enough to “do-it-yourself.” But don’t wait to get started on Pavement Preventative Maintenance!
Keep your good pavement good.