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Asphalt Repair and Potholes: Why Sooner Is Better

Asphalt Repair and Potholes: Why Sooner Is Better. stratford ct sealcoatingDespite working in diverse environments, virtually all roofing contractors, industrial maintenance engineers, auto mechanics and paving contractors agree that small repairs can frequently prevent major expenses in the future. They know that neglecting a repair allows additional damage to be done, and that sometimes, this additional damage will result in the complete failure of the roof, machine, vehicle or pavement. Timely repairs and conscientious preventive maintenance programs are often the difference between an asphalt pavement that requires a complete reconstruction in 10 years and one that lasts for more than 50 years without a major structural failure. To understand the importance of being proactive about your asphalt repairs, a review of how paving contractors install asphalt pavement might be helpful.

Asphalt Repair and Potholes: Why Sooner Is Better

How Does the Construction of Asphalt Pavements Affect the Need for Timely Repairs?

Whether they are installing street, parking lot or driveway paving, contractors cannot just spread a layer of asphalt over a patch of ground. They must grade the area and compact the soil, gravel or stone that will serve as a supporting foundation. This foundation is critical to the longevity of the pavement. Over the course of its life, asphalt pavement will inevitably develop some cracks. If you do not repair these cracks, water will leak through them and destabilize the foundation. Without a stable, well-compacted, strong foundation, the pavement will crumble or subside, leading to potholes and extensive alligator cracking. Damages expand quickly, so in a relatively short time, your entire pavement can fail and require a complete reconstruction.

Which Repair and Maintenance Procedures Should Be Prioritized?

When they are asked to pick just one routine maintenance procedure that can help you extend the life of your asphalt pavement, most asphalt contractors choose sealcoating. Parking lot and driveway sealcoating can slow the progression of automotive fluids that leave asphalt pavement crumbly, soft and more susceptible to tire damage. Sealcoating contractors can also apply sealant to running tracks, bike paths, sidewalks and other asphalt pavements. Because sealcoating refreshes the dark color of asphalt pavement, driveway sealing is an economical way to enhance the curb appeal of your property. Regardless of the type of pavement, one of sealcoating’s most valuable benefits is its ability to block ultraviolet radiation. The UV rays emitted by the sun rob asphalt pavement of its moisture, leaving it faded, brittle and more vulnerable to damage.

When you protect your driveway paving, parking lot or other asphalt pavement with sealcoating, you can also ensure that an extremely critical repair is made at the same time. Asphalt sealcoating contractors know that the pavement must be in good condition if the sealant is to offer any true benefit. Therefore, reputable sealcoating contractors will look for any problems that they must correct before they apply a sealant. Crucially, this includes repairing cracks and potholes, and it normally includes removing any puddles of oil, gas or other automotive fluids. Although some asphalt sealcoating contractors charge a little more for major repairs or numerous puddles, the service is definitely worth the cost. For example, driveway sealcoating that includes crack repairs and a thorough cleaning can often triple the driveway’s life expectancy when compared to a similar driveway that does not receive timely crack repairs, cleanings and sealcoating.

What Can Driveway Sealing Call Frank Do to Help Me Prolong the Life of My Asphalt Pavement?

At Driveway Sealing Call Frank, we specialize in asphalt maintenance and repair of both concrete and asphalt pavements. We perform work for commercial and residential property owners throughout most of Connecticut. Our services include commercial asphalt sealcoating, driveway sealcoating, asphalt crack repair, pothole repair, curbing, infrared asphalt repair, parking lot striping, snow removal and concrete installation and repair. During our 20 years in business, we have built a reputation for delivering exceptional work at competitive prices. You can submit our online form to request a free quote, or you can call us at 203-378-0080 or 800-DRIVEWAY.

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My home in Orange has a very long, uphill and curving driveway that had many alligator cracks and other problems over 18 years of use. Frank’s asphalt heating and curing process did an excellent job to refinish the driveway and get it looking nearly like new.

It was not all roses, however, since some of the work was done in the late Fall and the seal coating over certain areas could not be done over the Winter. In the early Spring, the driveway looked very patchy. However, Frank and his team came back in two days and not only completed the promised work but went beyond our agreement to assure my satisfaction. I met Frank 3 times in this process and I can say without reservation that he is an honest man who stands behind his work.

Mark Nordstrom, Orange, CT

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