How Long Does Asphalt Last in Michigan?

by | Jun 27, 2018

Asphalt is the superior paving surface, offering drivers a smoother ride, reducing noise pollution, and improves construction value as well. It’s also recyclable and flexible enough to be used anywhere, from your personal driveway to corporate parking.

But just how durable is asphalt over time? And how well does it hold up against the elements, moisture, and extreme temperature shifts we’re so familiar with here in Michigan?

Properly constructed, asphalt paving should last between 15 to 20 years in Michigan, before needing to be replaced. This is great news, and it only gets better. When properly maintained over time, your asphalt will last even longer, with a total lifespan of more than 30 years.

This routine maintenance includes such tasks as:

Monitoring for Water Damage
Asphalt is porous and if water is allowed to pool on it, due to poor drainage or damage, the water will penetrate down to the vulnerable subgrade layers below. Drain service and repair can make sure that water is properly channeled and directed away to prevent this damage, stopping any major threat to your pavement before it starts. In the same way, pothole repair closes off the damaged sublayer against water penetration, while protecting drivers and pedestrians from a potentially damaging obstacle.

Properly Treating Cracks
Cracks will form. However, when left untreated, water penetrates which leads to more deterioration and damage in the asphalt. That being said, all cracks should be filled or covered to halt the damage and keep moisture out.

Sealcoating
Sealcoating can protect and enhance your asphalt pavement during the early stages of damage. A layer of asphalt cement is laid down over the existing asphalt surface, resulting in a smooth, deep black surface that looks great and provides a protective layer against water, oils, and UV exposure. We recommend an initial sealcoat one year after paving, and then a protective coating every 2-3 years afterwards to improve durability and help your driveway or parking lot look its absolute best.

Contact Stripe-A-Lot
As your professional, West Michigan, asphalt contractor we are happy to evaluate the condition of your driveway or parking lot to determine the best plan for your needs; as well as, your budget. Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can keep your property looking and working better for decades to come!

Asphalt that looks great and lasts longer.

Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing.

Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

Asphalt that looks great and lasts longer.

Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing. Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

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Faded and cracked asphalt creates a bad impression. And knowing the best way to fix it can be confusing. Stripe A Lot knows how to get your asphalt to look great and last longer.

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