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What Kind Of Maintenance Does Asphalt Require?

Asphalt is just like anything else you own: you have maintenance work to do to keep the asphalt operating correctly. You maintain your car by having an oil change and tune-up. Just like your car, your asphalt requires maintenance periodically.

Preventive maintenance will keep the asphalt in great condition by preserving the life of the asphalt. The preventive maintenance includes:

*Sealing cracks on the asphalt will reduce any water corrosion and intrusion.
*Repairing any chips will protect the top layer of the asphalt.
*Sealing the asphalt every three years will add a thin layer of seal that protects the asphalt from moisture, sun, and skids.
*A fog seal can be applied to the surface of the asphalt to fill in cracks. The fog seal will also waterproof the surface of the asphalt.
*Patching any holes prevent water intrusion.
*Overlay the asphalt to renew the surface of the asphalt. Overlay will add extra strength and provide a new, smooth surface.
*Make sure the asphalt is draining properly. If the surface of the asphalt has water lying on the surface, then the asphalt isn’t draining properly. Water damage is the number one problem for asphalt, so draining maintenance should be a number one priority for the asphalt.

Asphalt requires maintenance, but if the pavement is in need of major repair due to neglect of the asphalt, don’t panic, there are solutions to the problem! Asphalt can be repaired. If the base isn’t draining the water correctly, then a professional asphalt contractor can fix the base. Just adding sealer will not repair the base and holes, and cracks will return to the surface of the asphalt. If you are unsure if your asphalt has a major problem, we recommended that you give us at YSC a call. The contractor will be able to check the asphalt and the base to determine what is causing the water from draining.

If regular maintenance isn’t done to asphalt, then large problems will rapidly develop. The problems will start out minor, but if left unattended, the minor problems are now a huge catastrophe. These types of problems can cost a lot in repairs. This is why doing regular maintenance is a must. The asphalt will repay you by providing a safe, sturdy, and appealing asphalt surface. It doesn’t take a lot of time and money, but it does take dedication.

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Are There Different Types Of Asphalt and If There Are, What Should I Use?

There are different types of asphalt, so what type of asphalt does a contractor offer a homeowner and when should a homeowner use the different type of asphalt? The asphalt is basically the same when it is installed, but the materials used in each type of mixture are a bit different. There are two primary types of asphalts available, including:

Hot Mix Asphalt (HMAC): The hot mix asphalt (HMAC) uses a high temperature. The hot mix asphalt is heated up to a temperature of 320 degrees. The high temperature will decrease any moisture while providing a strong and durable surface. The hot mix asphalt is commonly used for highways and parking areas that get a lot of traffic daily.

Warm Mix Asphalt or (WAM): The warm mix asphalt adds zeolites, waxes, and even emulsion to reduce the temperature of the asphalt. The lesser temperature reduces the emission fumes that are commonly associated with asphalt.

Cold Mix Asphalt: The cold mix asphalt uses a process where the asphalt is soaked in a soapy water before it is mixed with the rock and sand mixture. The cold mix asphalt uses no high temperature at all. The cold mix asphalt is commonly used for less traveled areas or for a patching repair as the cold mix asphalt doesn’t provide the strength and durability that the hot mix asphalt can provide.

The three different types of asphalt allow the contractor and homeowner to select the asphalt that will best match the needs of the specific area. The hot mix asphalt and the warm mix asphalt are commonly used for driveways and walkways and is the best choice in asphalt for homeowners.

The asphalt provides a durable surface that can last the homeowner up to 30 years of life if the asphalt is laid down properly, with routine maintenance work performed on the surface. Homeowners that add asphalt to their home can expect the value of their home to raise. Asphalt is the leading choice for driveways, as it is affordable, durable, and long lasting.

Is the cost different depending on the type of asphalt? The price depends on the area of the asphalt project along with the heating, materials, and supplies. The asphalt contractor will go over the costs of the different asphalt with the you so you can decide, if the cost difference is the determining factor in which type of asphalt you choose.

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What Questions Should I Ask An Asphalt Contractor?

An asphalt pavement is an important decision for a homeowner. The asphalt is what is driven on to get you home. It adds to the appearance of the home, while also providing many benefits for a homeowner, and is why there should be some questions that you should ask your asphalt contractor.

How does a homeowner know which questions are more important than other questions? The truth is, all questions are important to ask. Any time a homeowner is adding anything to their home, they should ask their contractor every question they have.

When the contractor comes to your home to look over the area you would like to have asphalt applied to, have a list of questions ready to ask so you do not forget them. The homeowner should show the area where they would like to add asphalt, allow the contractor to look over the area, and then start asking questions.

“How much will it cost to install the asphalt in this area?” Once the contractor can see the area, they can start figuring the cost of supplies, materials, man power, and equipment needed to do the asphalt project, along with an approximate cost of the project.

“Do you have a license to complete my asphalt project?” The contractor can show the homeowner at this moment if they have a license to perform the asphalt project. Do they have insurance on the equipment and their employees? The contractor should be able to present the insurance for the equipment and employees at this time.

“Do you offer any warranty on the asphalt project?” If there is a warranty included on the asphalt project, the contractor will write it down in the bid and bill for the homeowner. The warranty will be stated clearly on the paperwork.

“How long will it take to have the asphalt project completed?” The contractor will estimate how much time the project will take. The contractor will go over the steps of installing the asphalt and how long each individual step will take.

These questions will cover the major concerns for the homeowner. The contractor can immediately answer and show any documents at this time. The homeowner will be able to decide if this is the contractor that they would like to hire for their asphalt project. This is a big decision for every homeowner, so having a qualified contractor will ease any worries or concerns.

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