Whether for your home or business, your asphalt is a critical component of your property’s function, beauty, and safety. Unfortunately, some unavoidable factors can severely damage your asphalt. If this happens, it is critical that you get an immediate repair. Today, we are sharing with you how and why you may need quick repair and their telltale signs.
How Can I Get Severe Damage?
Fortunately, properly poured asphalt can last 20 years or longer under normal wear and tear. However, unusual circumstances can occur that can harshly affect the health of your asphalt. Such occurrences include unusual or severe weather, water damage, or human-made errors. Take, for example, when it snows. An individual may try to plow the snow from their asphalt; however, it can cause severe damage if done incorrectly.
Why is Immediate Repair Necessary?
If your asphalt, whether a parking lot or a driveway, poses a threat to the health and safety of you, your guests or patrons, or vehicles of various types, it needs to be repaired right away. You never want to put anyone’s safety at risk or have to handle the legal ramification of injuries or damage occurring on your premises.
What are the Signs You Need Immediate Asphalt Repair?
Here we share a few of the easiest signs that you need immediate asphalt repair.
Small cracks are easy to deal with in their early stages, but they get more challenging and more expensive to fix the larger they grow. If you have a small crack in your asphalt, it can be filled with crack-filling liquid.
Potholes are one of the most common and most dangerous asphalt problems. A pothole starts small, but we have all felt what it feels like to drive through one once it gets large. Not only can it cause damage to vehicles, but it is a significant tripping hazard.
If you have one or two small potholes, you can patch them quickly. However, once you have three or more, and they get larger in size, you will need professional repair. Do note that potholes are particularly susceptible to water damage, meaning they can grow quickly in the winter or rainy months.
3. Loose edges
Asphalt has to come to an end at some point, which is where you get the edge. Many home and business owners add gutters or curbs to edges to prevent crumbling edges. However, if you do not have this, eventually, your edges will become loose and break apart. Of course, this would be a hazard as it is easy for ankles to roll off the edge if someone isn’t paying attention, which means a quick repair is necessary.
4. Failing drainage
Lastly, if you notice water build-up or stagnation, you likely have a drainage failure. Seeing how water is one of asphalt’s greatest weaknesses, it can pose a serious concern as it will rapidly deteriorate the health of the asphalt. If you notice excess water, it is critical to find the source of the failure and have it repaired right away.
Do you need help in repairing your asphalt? Don’t wait until it becomes a major, expensive project! You can get little patches completed quickly and within your budget. Give us a call today to learn more.