Asphalt is the preferred outdoor surface for millions of home and business owners due to its durability. It’s designed to stand up to stress and wear, but the asphalt paving experts at Guarco Construction in Granby, CT, say this shouldn’t be taken for granted. Different seasonal effects can impact your asphalt surface over time, which is why you need to take preventative measures to protect it.
Extreme heat and freezing temperatures both put immense wear on asphalt, and when no defense is made, you’ll likely need new asphalt paving at the end of the summer or winter. Many people overlook the dangers of cold temperatures, as asphalt can seem invulnerable. However, water can easily break it down. Any water in the soil beneath the surface can freeze, and when water on top freezes, it can lead to cracking. Once this occurs, water will seep into the cracks and continue to break these areas down between subfreezing days. This is how potholes are formed.
Water also becomes a problem in warm temperatures. Extreme heat can dry out the surface and lead to cracking, which then allows water to seep in. Once inside the asphalt, it will wear down sub-surface layers. When weight is put on top of the asphalt, it will sag, resulting in an uneven surface and potholes. The best way to protect against temperature is to seal your asphalt every few years. You should also repair any cracks immediately so water can’t enter.
Rain and snow, aside from seeping into cracks, can also wear down asphalt. When allowed to sit too long, water will erode the liquid asphalt holding the surface together. The same process occurs if precipitation regularly runs down asphalt on steep surfaces. There aren’t many ways to combat precipitation, but you can fight back by sealing your asphalt surface as needed.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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