Asphalt is an important element in many construction projects. Asphalt is commonly used for everything from driveways to parking lots because of its relatively low cost and long term reliability. Asphalt is often chosen for very high impact, high traffic applications due to its strength, resistance to damage, and the ease for which damage can be repaired when necessary.
Asphalt is tough, versatile, and very practical, but to get the longest life out of asphalt, regular maintenance is required. Roklin Systems’ asphalt repair products are designed to fit most asphalt maintenance procedures including:
Asphalt Crack Repair
Repairing cracks in asphalt is a typical everyday type of maintenance. Asphalt develops small cracks naturally over time. The sooner cracks can be patched and sealed the better. If cracks are left open, or are not thoroughly sealed, water can penetrate into the asphalt and beneath it. This water can gradually erode or destroy the asphalt and its foundation, forming a pothole over time. Touching up small cracks when they’re small prevents more severe and costly damage.
Patching Damaged Asphalt
Choosing the appropriate asphalt crack filler is extremely important. The geographic location, time of the year, weather, and temperature will help to determine which asphalt repair product to use. Carefully filling the cracks will seal out moisture and prevent further erosion and damage. Well maintained asphalt can last for years, but eventually all asphalt and pavement develops numerous small cracks which allow moisture and liquid water to damage the pavement and eventually affect the foundation the asphalt rests upon.
Concrete Crack Repair
The best method for repairing concrete cracks depends on several factors including environment, weather, location, and the nature of the concrete crack. Although the basic strategy of sealing the cracks to keep out moisture remains the same, the best repair product for the job depends on the nature of the crack, the severity of the damage, as well as the age and condition of the concrete surface. After assessing the concrete, the best solution may be a filler, sealer, or coating.
Not all asphalt problems are the direct result of cracks and potholes. Although cracking is a major problem, asphalt can become uneven or concave even with no cracks present. Asphalt resurfacing solves problems of uneven surfaces, and is often the best solution for mending excessive cracks and crevasses. Resurfacing levels the entire asphalt surface, smoothing all areas, and addressing any special areas whether you’re resurfacing a parking lot, driveway, or sidewalk. Similar to patching or filling asphalt cracks, resurfacing depends on many factors including weather, temperature, the age of the asphalt, the condition of the asphalt and more.
Remember that asphalt relies on chemical processes, and that environmental factors such as moisture, hot and cold weather, dust, dirt, and debris all affect any asphalt surface. Because of this, the performance and lifespan of any asphalt surface will vary greatly depending on its location and general use. As an asphalt specialist, Roklin has developed a professional line of maintenance and repair products designed to help you care for asphalt in any location.