HOA – Sealcoating in Sub Divisions
If you’ve ever lived in a neighborhood or subdivision with gravel or dirt roads, you know how frustrating they are. It seems vehicles can never stay clean with these types of surfaces. Further, rocks and dirt flying up or stirring around can cause other issues as well such as worsening allergies and damage to cars and windows.
Most homeowner associations (HOAs) make roads a priority. Paving the roads of a subdivision is often first on the agenda for any HOA. The surface of choice is typically asphalt which generally is a mixture of 5% asphalt/bitumen cement and 95% aggregates (stone, sand, and gravel). This combination of materials allows the pavement to stay in place and repel water, two very important components for any traffic surface.
If your HOA is planning to pave or has already paved, be sure you sealcoat the asphalt approximately 12-24 months after installation. If you’re unfamiliar with sealcoating, below is a brief overview of the process.
• Prevents cracking, potholes, and depressions
• Can add 5-10 years to the life of the asphalt
• Protects pavement from oil and chemical spills, oxidation, and water penetration
• Accelerates the rate of melting snow and ice
• Maintains the aesthetic appeal by preserving the smoothness and color of the asphalt
While it may seem like more work and a bit more expense in the beginning, sealcoating will save an HOA significant money and anxiety in the long run. Two of the biggest culprits to pavement are UV rays and water. UV rays break down carbon bonds on the asphalt surface which leads to quicker deterioration. Water can affect pavement from both the bottom and the top. Rain and snow can impact the surface while ground water will affect the base of the asphalt.
Sealcoating will protect your paved roads from UV rays, water damage, and other culprits. If your HOA is already taking the initiative to pave the roads of a subdivision, the team should also seal the surface to ensure the roads maintain beauty, flexibility and durability for many years to come.