Imagine a beautiful day in Jacksonville, FL, where you’re taking a break from work and working on oiling your bike’s undercarriage, but you spill the oil on your asphalt driveway. The stain is not of much concern, but you might notice the asphalt is sloughing off from that stained site after a few months. This is your call for asphalt repair!
Despite its strength and longevity, asphalt does have a few weaknesses, each more devious than the other. CAM Services brings you a few examples of what can harm your asphalt.
1. Water Intrusion
Anyone who’s lived in Jacksonville knows it rains there a lot every week during the ‘dry’ season. If your asphalt surfaces have some depressions where water can pool and become stagnant, there’s trouble soon after. Asphalt is usually graded to let the water runoff into the surrounding soil. Still, with birdbaths marring the smooth pavement, the collecting water eventually starts to beak the asphalt down, revealing potholes.
It’s best to invest in a seal coat or porous asphalt to avoid water problems!
2. UV Exposure
Florida is not called Sunshine State for no reason. While we can wear sunscreen for protection, asphalt surfaces require seal coating to avoid deteriorating due to too much exposure. The sunlight breaks down the asphalt over time, and the pavement cracks. Even if your seal coat looks just fine after 3-5 years, you should still get it scrapped & resealed to better keep the oils in your asphalt from drying up.
3. Petroleum Derivatives
As we mentioned a few paragraphs ago, anything oily or derived from petroleum can penetrate the asphalt surface and start breaking it up, resulting in raveling. Oil stains on pavement make it hard for seal coats to adhere to the asphalt, ruining the effort. As the asphalt breaks down, it forms potholes, with the edges getting softer that further widen the damage. That’s is why it’s essential to power wash your asphalt surface every once in a while to keep the oil off, or better, just clean it, dry it, then apply a protective seal coat!
4. Root Encroachment
Asphalt is environmentally friendly and biodegrades quickly in the proximity of plant life, which can become a problem. Trees and their inquisitive roots will always persevere against any manufactured surface paved on them. Root systems are pretty extensive and can break through asphalt pavement in search of water & nutrition. This means bumps, cracks, & heaves as the riots break out through the surface. It’s best to include a root barrier when laying down new pavement across heavily wooded areas!
5. Heavy Vehicles
Asphalt is tough, but it has a load-bearing limit depending on the thickness of the installed pavement. Driving heavy trucks or loaded vehicles over pavement not designed to bear loads can result in rutting along the tire paths. It significantly decreases the resilience & durability of asphalt along the affected sections. Residential driveways, parking lots, & street pavement are thinly-laid pavement compared to industrial tires at warehouses and develop ruts from heavy vehicle usage.
Now, our experts at CAM Services know what it takes to keep your asphalt surfaces protected from all sorts of damage. So, if you feel your pavement is a bit off from its usual splendid black and seems dry, cracked, or even crumbly under the weathered seal coat – well – we’re at your service, right here in Jacksonville, FL!