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Fall Maintenance for Asphalt

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Fall maintenance is crucial to asphalt performance throughout the winter season. Without proper prep, temperature fluctuations and winter storms can quickly take a toll on the surfaces of your commercial roadways and parking lots. Fortunately, you can prevent unexpected and costly winter repairs and protect your pavement with these routine fall asphalt maintenance tasks.

Clean and Inspect Asphalt Surfaces

Clean the commercial roadways, driveways, and parking lots of your apartment community, business or retail center, restaurant, or winery. Using a hose or pressure washer, remove accumulated chemicals, debris, vegetation, dirt, and gravel. These things can deteriorate asphalt over time. Cleaning often reveals hidden issues, making this the ideal time to uncover untimely asphalt wear. Check for cracks, potholes, and tripping hazards, addressing any problems you find immediately.

Patch Cracks and Potholes

Temperature is a crucial factor when patching cracks and potholes. The cold winter climate makes asphalt maintenance difficult. Fall offers the ideal temperatures for lasting asphalt repairs. Addressing repairs now also prevents the progression of damage throughout the winter, when water can seep into and expand cracks. 

Evaluate Drainage

Examine the functionality of your drainage system in preparation for winter rains. The next time it rains on your commercial property, perform a thorough evaluation of drainage components, clearing leaves, debris, and other obstructions. Pooling water can cause significant damage to asphalt surfaces, over time leading to more extensive, costly repairs. If your parking lot or roadways aren’t draining properly after a thorough cleaning, contact your local asphalt contractor immediately to schedule a professional evaluation.

Schedule Sealcoating

Reduce the need for asphalt resurfacing and extend the lifespan of your parking lot and roadways with routine sealcoating. Sealcoating fills small cracks and rough spots, forming a waterproof barrier that prevents damage from temperature fluctuations and roadway chemicals. It also helps asphalt retain its appearance and color, imparting a layer of protection against harmful UV rays.Refresh Markings

Refresh faded roadway and parking lines to ensure safety in slippery winter driving conditions. Make sure ADA striping is clear and vibrant to ensure accessibility and minimize traffic disruptions.

Now is an Excellent Time to Schedule Asphalt Maintenance

Don’t wait to manage your asphalt maintenance needs. Address them before the holiday rush, and while attendance is limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Scheduling maintenance now can minimize disruptions during the busy winter season, when poor weather prevents the possibility of addressing paving projects.

Well cared for asphalt surfaces will last much longer than those that are poorly maintained. Protect yours with regular fall maintenance for asphalt. Contact American Asphalt at 510-723-0280 and learn more about our affordable maintenance plans for your Hayward, Santa Clara, Pleasanton, Livermore, Fremont, Pleasant Hill, or Danville business today.

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