Asphalt’s 5 Enemies and How to Fight Them

asphalt enemies

The top enemies affecting your concrete are not very far off. Let’s consider the top five natural and manmade elements that can greatly damage your asphalt and then what preventive measures you can take:

Water. Water is everywhere! Natural rainfall or from sprinklers or wells. But the kind that most affects your pavement is what stays behind. Standing water that sits in collected areas of your asphalt breaks down the top layer chemicals seeping into the base layers of the concrete. Worse yet, if there are already cracks or holes in your asphalt, the water will seep into and enlarge these areas. Resulting damage can includes larger cracks, alligator cracks and potholes.

Vehicles. Wait, aren’t these the reasons we have pavement? Vehicles’ constant travel on pavement can wear down the surface. Especially do larger-sized, heavier cars and trucks over time depress asphalt material and it can begin to sink.

UV Heat. The regular exposure to UV heat has the same effect on asphalt as it does on human skin, it discolors and ages the surface. The resulting oxidation process of the tar disintegrates the hold on the aggregate, resulting in a decomposure.

Tree Roots. Extending as far as 70 feet, roots can grow up underneath asphalt. If the concrete has been laid near a tree or on top of existing roots, over time the shifting of them beneath the pavements can result in cracks and bumps.

Oil. Oil, specifically from cars quickly penetrates and breaks down asphalt’s surface. This is even more so, when a repeated oil spills in the same area. If the surface breaks, it’s easier for cracks, crumbling and holes to begin to form damage.

Prevent and Protect with Us

Atlas Construction is devoted to helping you preserve the life of your asphalt and fight against its natural enemies! We offer maintenance plans to ensure your payment on the life of your concrete:

1. Sealcoating

Sealcoating maintains the integrity and strength of your asphalt by slowing down the process of reduction, resulting in rusting. It adds another layer of protection and acts as a barrier between elements and the surface layer. Our sealant is applied by squeegee or spray. This process can also greatly extend the life of your asphalt.

2. Crack filling

Cracking fills the asphalt with moisture induced from natural elements and traffic. It affects the base layer and when it freezes, the damage expands. Through our site assessment, we identify early cracks and fill with our specially formulated material that reduces spread. We fill your cracks and alligator cracks with material that’s flexible and strengthens the base layer from moisture exposure which can lead to further cracks and potholes. This can save you expensive maintenance and repair costs.

3. Asphalt Laying

In comparison to other Denver-based companies, at Atlas Construction, we employ the latest and greatest techniques to ensure your project is done right to last longer.

Our Thermo-Lay Asphalt Machine is a highly modern, efficient equipment allows us to do all our asphalt repair with one truck and two people. It’s the fastest and most efficient method available utilizing less labor and resources. Through this machine, we also promise superior repair work. The Thermo-Lay asphalt machine keeps the asphalt at an even, constant temperature. These techniques are faster and cost a significant less amount than another company performing the same project.

Contact us now for more information.