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Factors that Cause Pavement to Age Prematurely

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Time is not a friend to your asphalt or concrete paving project.

Photo by Wikimedia Asphalt wears done faster in areas with heavier construction.

Photo by Wikimedia
Asphalt wears done faster in areas with heavier construction.

The older the born on date of your driveway or parking lot, the more likely that it will need to be replaced or at the very least repaired. While time is usually the biggest factor in determining the expiration date on your pavement it is hardly the only reason for your asphalt to require a patch or a resurface.

If there is a lot of new construction or, as Chicagoans often must deal with, heavy snow plow traffic? Industrial vehicles rapidly wear out pavement, and it is not only the weight of the vehicle that causes crack or potholes.

Utility cuts for the installation of cables and the construction of new drainpipes often means that the pavement surface suffered from some sort of injury. A minor break or crack may not look like a cause for concern at first, but when coupled with rain, snow and ice the tiny break usually spiders into something more. Moisture below the surface of the pavement often freezes and then melts.

This freeze and thaw cycle causes pavement to atrophy and eventually to break. The breaks appear in the form of potholes, which are appear as pavement crumbles away.

Heavy weights, construction activity and extreme weather are your pavement’s worst enemies. Any combination causes pavement to age and fail prematurely.

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