7 Essential Tips for Summer Asphalt Maintenance

Summer is a season of intense heat, increased traffic, and potential damage to asphalt surfaces. Proper maintenance is crucial to preserve the integrity and longevity of your asphalt pavement. With a little effort and the right strategies, you can prevent cracks, potholes, and deterioration, ensuring your asphalt remains functional and visually appealing throughout the summer months.

  • 1. Keep Your Asphalt Clean

    Regular cleaning is the foundation of effective asphalt maintenance. Remove debris, dirt, leaves, and other materials that can accumulate on the surface. Use a broom, blower, or pressure washer to keep the pavement clear. This not only enhances the appearance, but also prevents the accumulation of moisture, which can lead to cracks and other damages.

  • 2. Address Cracks and Potholes

    Cracks and potholes are common issues that can worsen during summer due to increased heat and traffic. It is important to regularly inspect your asphalt for any signs of cracks and repair them promptly. Fill small cracks with asphalt crack filler, while larger cracks and potholes may require professional patching or resurfacing. Timely repairs prevent further damage and reduce the risk of accidents.

  • 3. Implement Preventative Maintenance

    Implementing preventative maintenance measures is vital to minimize damage to your asphalt. Apply hot rubberized crack sealant to vulnerable areas like expansion joints and pavement edges. This helps to prevent moisture penetration, which can cause cracks and degradation. By being proactive, you can save time and money by addressing issues before they escalate.

  • 4. Ensure Proper Drainage

    Improper drainage is a common cause of asphalt deterioration. Make sure your pavement has a well-designed drainage system in place. Clear gutters, downspouts, and drains regularly to ensure water is efficiently directed away from the asphalt. Standing water weakens the pavement structure and increases the risk of cracks and potholes.

  • 5. Reduce Heavy Loads and Vehicle Traffic

    During the summer there is often increased traffic, including heavy vehicles. Excessive weight and repeated traffic can accelerate pavement wear and tear and rutting. Whenever possible, divert heavy loads to alternate routes and encourage vehicle owners to park in designated areas.

  • 6. Conduct Regular Inspections

    Perform regular inspections of your asphalt to identify any signs of damage or deterioration. Look for cracks, potholes, and areas with faded or worn-out markings. Detecting issues early allows for prompt repairs, preventing further damage and costly repairs down the line. Contact Terra Contracting for a complimentary professional inspection and appropriate repair recommendations.

  • 7. Apply Sealcoating

    Sealcoating is an important preventive measure that protects asphalt from the damaging effects of UV rays, moisture, and chemicals. Applying a sealcoat every few years creates a protective barrier, preventing oxidation and extending the lifespan of your asphalt. Summer is the ideal time for sealcoating, as the warm temperatures promote faster drying and curing.

Maintaining your asphalt surfaces during the summer months is crucial to prevent damage and ensure their longevity. By following these seven essential tips, you can protect your asphalt from the harmful effects of heat, traffic, and moisture. Regular cleaning, addressing cracks and potholes, implementing preventative measures, maintaining proper drainage, reducing heavy loads and traffic, conducting regular inspections and sealcoating will go a long way in keeping your asphalt in excellent condition.

If you have any asphalt repair needs, contact Terra Contracting for a complimentary quote. It’s much more cost effective to fix and maintain your asphalt surface rather than replacing it. Remember, a well-maintained asphalt surface not only enhances the aesthetics of your property, but also provides a safe and durable driving and walking experience.

Terra Contracting’s primary expertise is in asphalt installation, repair and maintenance. Our team is experienced in providing asphalt to new construction projects, as well as performing maintenance on existing commercial and residential properties. Our focus is on providing a quality product delivered with optimal efficiency. The streamlined process we employ involves our trucks bringing the asphalt to the site, placing the asphalt into the paver, laying down the mat and quickly rolling it. This process allows the pavement to reach full compaction with a smooth finish before the product hardens.