What Is The Average Lifespan Of Asphalt?

How long does asphalt pavement last?

On average, asphalt remains intact for 25 years; however, there are numerous factors that can affect its lifespan, such as the climate, traffic and whether or not the owner performs routine maintenance.

Can water damage pavement?

Over time, water seeps underneath the asphalt and can cause it to slowly erode. If the road is situated in a cold climate, the water will turn into ice and expand, and as a result, any cracks or small holes in the pavement will become larger.

Do climates that are especially hot and dry allow asphalt to last longer?

Exceptionally hot climates can increase the level of oxidation within the asphalt. Over time, the pavement will become brittle more swiftly than it would if the asphalt was located in a temperate climate.

Does filling cracks actually provide long-term benefits for asphalt?

Yes. Adding sealant to cracks as soon as they appear will prevent the small cracks from growing.

How does sealing asphalt extend its lifespan?

Sealing asphalt pavement can prevent moisture from penetrating its surface. It can also substantially slow the rate of oxidation of the underlying pavement.

Does pavement maintain its strength for all 25 years of its lifespan?

Without routine maintenance, most types of asphalt will provide approximately 90 percent of their original level of structural integrity after 10 years. Once 20 years have passed, the asphalt will only have 55 percent of its initial durability.

Can I request a free price estimate?

Yes, you can obtain a free quote or schedule an inspection by contacting Alpha Paving Industries, LLC directly at 512-677-9001 or by filling out our free quote form.

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