What Spoils Asphalt Paving?

spoils asphalt paving

Does your asphalt driveway show signs of weathering? It is time you figure out what you might be doing wrong and what is causing you to carry out asphalt road repair so often.

Here are the causes as to why an asphalt driveway gets spoiled.


Freshly poured asphalt has a black charcoal color and it tends to flex under varying traffic loads. Ensure you avoid the former. Exposure to oxygen causes color to fade on asphalt from black charcoal to gray. Additionally as the asphalt cement is broken down, your asphalt loses its flexibility and will begin to crack under vehicle pressure.

Excessive Sun Exposure

An uncontrollable factor for asphalt deterioration is sun exposure. Sun exposure accelerates oxidation, which limits the asphalt’s ability to hold its structure together. While it is not always possible to protect the asphalt surface from sunlight, if you want to, you can always apply seal-coating to regularly on your driveway, although we recommend you not to because it has quite a few disadvantages.

Heavy Vehicles

Heavy vehicles are a common source of parking lot cracks. The only thing you can do is minimize heavy traffic on your asphalt or you could check with your contractor and apply thicker asphalt on the heavy traffic path in your driveway. Random fact > Did you know that the weight of a garbage truck is equivalent to 2000 cars? That’s a lot of weight for a asphalt driveway.

Poor Drainage

If your parking lot is affected by a poor drainage system or damaged pipes, it likely has areas of surface water that are threatening its condition. If water seeps through to the foundation of the asphalt, it weakens the base layer and greatly increases the chances to form potholes, crumbling and cracking. Depending on the damage, you may have to make a lot of repairs on your driveway. Therefore, it is important that you have a proper drainage system and that you keep up with your parking lot maintenance needs.

Fuel and Oil Spills

Fuel and similar corrosive substances destroy your asphalt if you allow it to build up on your asphalt. You can find that depressions form in these areas. This can be easily avoided with routine inspections and cleaning for spills (if any) on your driveway.

Tree Roots

If you have a tree or many trees growing around your driveways, it is possible that the roots growing below the surface can uproot the concrete and cause considerable damage. To avoid this from happening, get a root barrier installed.

To avoid asphalt paving repair, take care of the above points so that you can avoid long term and considerable damage to your driveway. Get in touch with professionals who will help you spot the signs of asphalt deterioration and help you with driveway maintenance and asphalt road repair if necessary.

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  3. John Reply

    i’ve always found that the primary reason for asphalt cracking is due to improper site prep. Would you agree?

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