Asphalt Deterioration Causes

Asphalt Deterioration Causes

Busted, distorted, and damaged pavement looks garish and shabby but often induces severe impairment to autos and pedestrians. An excessive amount of potholes can sabotage the underside of automobiles, while extreme cracking or indentations may force pedestrians to stumble when walking. In addition, a flawed parking lot or driveway can be embarrassing for a business or homeowner.

Whether you live in a location with tons of snow and successive corrosive salting of roadways or in Central Florida, where the fierce sun beats down on paving materials, deteriorated asphalt is a pervasive issue. While asphalt damage is ultimately inevitable, there are actions you can take to preserve the integrity of your pavement and discourage further damage. Before you take steps to repair blacktop damage via asphalt maintenance, it is essential to know precisely what drives asphalt deterioration, the kinds of corrosion that occur, and whether you can do something to stop the surface from advancing the damage.

Pavement maintenance that is preventive in nature can be the distinction between having to repave your asphalt drive or parking area surface in a couple of years or in a decade. Paving an asphalt stretch, whether small or large, is costly and realistically can be delayed if stable quality asphalt maintenance is executed early and preventive measures are used to protect your asphalt pavement from degenerating elements.

Asphalt deterioration is common and natural

Asphalt is hardly an indestructible material. Over time, asphalt (a combination of bitumen pitch and sand) breaks down due to biological and inevitable factors such as extreme sunlight, salt buildup, chemical residues from automobiles, or exorbitant storms and rain. As a result, asphalt loses its natural resistance to these elements over time and will require repair before it starts to deteriorate quickly. Poor construction or installation of asphalt pavement can also affect how long your blacktop stands up against the elements.

Sun rays

Sunlight and excessive heat, particularly in the muggy inland Florida summer, takes a toll on the pavement. In addition, the sun's rays often dry out asphalt via the process of oxidation. In doing so, the pavement that was once a solid 'liquid' essence starts to shrink up and disband, causing cracking and potholes that permit water from drains or showers to get beneath the surface of the asphalt. This drives further cracking and splitting and ultimately creates a divergence between the asphalt and the compressed material layer beneath.

Poorly compacted base beneath the layer of asphalt

If a careless contractor paved your structure, human error could be involved in how nicely your asphalt pavement has held up. If the leveled base under the layer of asphalt pavement is inadequately compacted, elements can harm your pavement at an accelerated pace and get beneath the layer of asphalt more effortlessly.


Once the elements detailed begin to force asphalt to crack, water from drains or climate conditions will bleed into the cracks of the dried-up pavement and accomplish significant damage. Once the water starts to damage the surface heavily and corrupt the integrity of the asphalt, a paving contractor will need to be contacted to repair the damage or repave the whole area.

These are some of the causes of asphalt deterioration. Contact us today for residential and commercial paving in Clermont. We are here for you!

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