Discussing the Life Cycle of Your Asphalt Pavement
Asphalt is an engineered product and it has a predictable “Life Cycle.”
The normal life expectancy of asphalt pavement is about 20-30 years, when properly engineered and constructed.
This can be streets, highways, parking lots or home driveways.
Of course, there are exception to every rule and theory.
Some parking lots will fail sooner and some will last much longer than the 20 to 30 years mentioned.
Nevertheless, at some point in time, ALL asphalt surfaces will fail and require maintenance, repair or complete repaving.
Life Cycle of Your Pavement
Many factors impact this life cycle. A few are:
- Engineered for the expected traffic, frequency and weight
- Constructed to specifications
- Traffic managed over the specifications, e.g., no trucks allowed on areas of light duty paving.
- Water flow removed from the surface as quickly as possible.
- Timely seal coating and maintenance will extend the life cycle.
- Cracks sealed to prevent water from entering the sub grade.