Professional asphalt pavers are as essential as professional mechanics. If the job is done correctly the first time, it saves you time, money, and headaches later on. Here’s how.
Proper Asphalt Installation Saves Time and Money
The lifespan of your asphalt surface depends a lot on whether the asphalt was installed appropriately. Drainage is a key installation consideration, and that requires proper installation of the sub-base. Think of the sub-base as the platform, or support structure of your driveway or parking lot. Without adequate support, your asphalt surface won’t last. Beyond the selection of proper materials, your commercial asphalt contractor should focus on proper compaction and grading. Compaction is a very important step in the driveway installation process because the integrity of the asphalt overlay depends on a solid base. Contractors should test the entire surface area for any soft spots and resolve them before continuing to apply asphalt.
Porous Asphalt Pavement May Offer Tax Credits
Porous asphalt pavement is considered a ‘green’ asphalt solution. It is unique because it allows water to run through it, as opposed to over it, eliminating water runoff and instead, returning water naturally to the soil and water table below the asphalt surface. Many municipalities actually consider porous asphalt as a green infrastructure solution, so if you choose to use it for your parking lot or driveway installation or expansion, you could receive a tax or ‘green’ credit. Not only that, the use of porous asphalt can reduce your costs in other areas, too. Using porous asphalt means you can reduce the need for drainage structures to comply with storm water regulations, and moreover, reduce the need for storm water management feature costs, like specialized landscaping and retention ponds.
Regular Maintenance Helps with Everything
Preventative maintenance includes:
- Regular sealcoating applications, to keep your asphalt look fresh and to protect it from harmful UV rays, water and surface pollutants
- Crack filling and repair – to make sure cracks don’t have the chance to expand quickly and cause more damage.
- Sweeping and cleaning services – to keep pollutants out and to regularly inspect your surface
- Pothole repair – to ensure potholes and water infiltration don’t compromise the sub-base of your asphalt surface.
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