Asphalt Maintenance Basics

Asphalt is a popular paving material for parking lots, driveways, roads, sidewalks and other surfaces because of its strength and durability. However, it needs proper maintenance to be in excellent condition like any other material. Regular attention ensures sun, water, or everyday use doesn’t affect the integrity of your asphalt.  

Whether you’re a homeowner, commercial property owner or business owner, you stand to benefit tremendously from proper upkeep and repair of your asphalt surfaces. A well-maintained, crack-free surface with a dark coat and crisp lines is attractive, adds significant curb appeal, invites more customers, and is safer for all users. What should I do to keep my asphalt surface in such top condition? Read on to find out how. 

Ensure Asphalt Surface Doesn’t Get Wet Regularly 

Water is a primary cause of asphalt degradation. So, the effects of the surface getting wet on a regular basis is detrimental. Water can penetrate the surface and soften the base, causing depressions over time, which can later develop into potholes. Find the source of the wetness and redirect the flow of water from the asphalt surface. 

Minimize the Effects of Oxidation 

Besides water, the sun is another cause of asphalt deterioration. Direct and continuous exposure to UV rays can cause asphalt to become brittle and more susceptible to cracking. You will notice the surface changing its color as a sign of oxidation. The best way to get around the effects of oxidation is to apply bitumen-based sealant on the surface after installation. 

Crack Repair and Pothole Patching 

Asphalt cracks are often the genesis of all elements of asphalt deterioration. A seemingly harmless crack could expand and turn into a pothole if left unchecked. So, sealing up cracks as soon as you notice them and patching potholes as they occur should be a crucial part of your regular asphalt maintenance program. 


Crack repairs and pothole patching are great. But asphalt sealcoating goes a long way in extending the life of your pavement. It prevents future damage by creating an effective protective barrier against damaging elements such as UV rays, water, gas, and oil. Sealcoating also keeps the blacktop flexible, smoother, and safer. 


If crack repairs, pothole patching, or sealcoating don’t produce the desired results, overlaying can get the job done. This maintenance technique involves applying a new asphalt layer on top of existing surfaces to address minor and major issues. Asphalt overlay provides additional strength and is often recommended for severe damage. 

Line Restriping 

Line restriping should be part of your consistent maintenance program. It serves as a safety measure, especially for a commercial or industrial business. Besides improving safety, pavement restriping can greatly enhance curb appeal. 

Final Words 

Routine asphalt maintenance will save you time and huge sums of money in the long run. Most importantly, it extends the lifespan of your pavement and improves your property’s appearance. Your pedestrians and drivers will even appreciate you for the hazard-free asphalt pavement. The tips above can help you enjoy the full benefits of well-maintained asphalt pavement. 

Should you need help maintaining your asphalt surface, Pro Pave Inc. is always happy to help. Reach out to us today or call us at (703) 433-9500 for a free consultation. 

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