To help you manage your driveway, roadway or parking lot we have compiled a list of question we are asked all the time. We want to help you understand the how and why of asphalt pavement…

How Long Does an Asphalt Driveway Last?

Asphalt driveways typically last 12 to 20 years, depending on the quality of the installation, the climate, the usage it gets, and how well it has been maintained. Like most everything else, the better care you take of your asphalt driveway, the longer it will remain in service.

When Should a Sealcoat Be Put On An Asphalt Driveway?

Typically you want to wait a minimum of 6 months before applying sealcoat to fresh asphalt to give it time to fully cure, compact and settle. You might be able to get by with less time in some cases, but 6 months is usually the absolute minimum. As a rule of thumb, it is also recommended that a driveway, parking lots, and roadways have a sealcoat application every 3 to 5 years.

How To Find the Best Asphalt Contractors?

As with any business transaction, you want to know who you’re dealing with before proceeding, so making a deal on the spot does not make sense. Checking references can save you money in the long run. Whether you are looking for contractor for your residential, commercial, or municipal paving project ask questions, make sure of your contractors reputation and ask about licenses for your area. Also check for insurance and equipment specifications.

How Can I Prevent Asphalt Deterioration?

The common types of pavement distresses include… cracking, distortion, disintegration, skidding hazards, and surface treatment distresses. Some of the typical causes of pavement deterioration include… traffic loading, environment or climate influences, drainage deficiencies, material quality problems, construction deficiencies, and external contributors, such as utility cuts. Surface water is the first consideration in the installation process and a proper sealcoating application can help protect your asphalt surface.

How Can I Keep The Parking Lot Looking Fresh And Staying Durable?

You can never underestimate the power of a good cleaning! Taking time each month to clean your asphalt pavement is very important to maintain the lifespan and durability of your asphalt surface. Repairing a pothole before it spreads and causes further damage to your parking lot surface is very important. Potholes left unchecked can grow continuously with ongoing traffic and use, increasing the cost of repair and reducing the integrity of your entire asphalt surface. Sealcoating protects and prolongs the life expectancy of asphalt pavement by filling surface damage and providing a protective layer to keep out damaging UV rays, vehicle fluids and water.

What Are the Benefits of Porous Asphalt?

Porous asphalt offers a variety of environmental benefits including reduction of storm system basins and cooler asphalt temperatures. Also, porous asphalt requires less energy to manufacture and significantly reduces emissions, odor and smoke. Porous asphalt allows water to drain through it, returning water naturally to the water table and helping to manage storm water runoff and drainage challenges.

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Arrow Blacktop offers reliable asphalt and paving services to commercial and residential customers in Greater Cincinnati. We work to exceed expectations on every job we undertake. Whether your project is small or large in scale, Arrow Blacktop can help!
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