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The best asphalt repair techniques to ensure durability

A well-maintained asphalt driveway adds a lot of character to the outside of a home. High-quality asphalt that has been installed with care can last for up to 25 years.

Unfortunately, the harsh Quebec climate is hard on asphalt driveways. With the years, it’s normal to see them wear out little by little: cycles of frost and thaw, water leaks, cracks, swelling and collapsing will end up having their way sooner or later.

However, it’s still possible to prevent further damage by acting quickly. Even so, it’s important to opt for asphalt repair techniques that have been proven to be effective. Here are some of them.

Damaged asphalt and the importance of quick action

Do you want to preserve your asphalt for a long time? As soon as a crack or other damage appears, it’s important to fix the problem as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the longer the pavement will last. Cracks allow water to seep in, which can cause considerable harm to the asphalt. That’s why it’s crucial to react quickly to limit the damage and prevent it from becoming worse. You can use a lawn roller as an effective means of compacting the asphalt.

Repairing small and medium-sized cracks in asphalt

Before calling in the reinforcements, there are several simple things you can do to protect your asphalt.

Small cracks (less than ¾” wide) can be repaired using a filling agent composed of asphalt and rubber. The closer the crack is to ¾”, the thinner the consistency of the mixture should be in order to effectively fill the cavity.

Larger cracks (more than ¾” wide) can be repaired using cold mix asphalt. Thoroughly clean the surrounding area before pouring the product into the cavity. Compact the mix as firmly as possible to ensure that the repair is solid and durable.

Protecting asphalt with a good-quality sealer

An asphalt sealer is an indispensable part of any asphalt repair kit. Its purpose? An asphalt sealer is basically used as a means of preventive maintenance. It protects the surface of the asphalt, strengthening it and helping it maintain an attractive appearance. The use of a good-quality sealant during regular maintenance and after making repairs will help prolong the useful life of your asphalt. It will protect it from rain, as well as any fluids that may leak from your vehicles or those of visitors to your home.

Different types of sealers

Acrylic sealer

Made primarily of acrylic resin, this type of sealant offers the advantage of extending the life of the asphalt, protecting it and enhancing its appearance. Acrylic sealer is a perfect choice for safeguarding your pavement against chemical products, fertilizers, gasoline, motor oil, salt and extreme weather conditions. Another advantage of acrylic sealers is that they come in other colors besides just black.

Helpful hint: When choosing an acrylic product, opt for one that’s highly concentrated. Some of the products on the market are ineffective as a result of their low acrylic content.

Bitumen sealant

Bitumen sealant is made from oil mixed with ingredients similar to those found in asphalt. Consequently, it will adhere extremely well to the surface. It will also allow any water that seeps in to evaporate naturally. However, you should check the ingredients in the product before purchasing it, as certain bitumen sealants contain solvents that are harmful to the environment.

When the time comes for major asphalt repairs

While sealers may be good solutions for repairing minor damage to your asphalt, in the event of major damage, it will be necessary to call on the services of a company specializing in asphalt. The first step will be to remove the old asphalt. After that, the surface will be levelled before laying the new asphalt. By entrusting this work to a team of experts, you’ll ensure that the paving work that is done on your driveway, parking area or yard is of the highest possible quality, using only the very best materials. Levelling, crushed stone and heavy equipment…everything it takes to offer you results that will live up to your expectations while respecting your budget and staying on schedule.

For major damage, call on the asphalt specialists

Is your asphalt severely damaged? Don’t lose hope! The expert professionals at Pavages Asphaltech will employ every tool in their arsenal to restore the appearance and functionality of your asphalt for many years to come!

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