Asphalt installation can be costly, but it is a worthwhile long-term investment if you care for it properly. The best paving companies do not stop at installation. Our goal, for example, is to help you determine exactly what your paving needs are and strategize to develop a maintenance plan in addition to excellent installation. We can also restore your aging pavement so that it looks like new as long as it isn’t terribly damaged. Here are 5 basic services that the best paving companies provide to keep your pavement in excellent shape.

Annual Asphalt Inspection

You will find that your pavement will eventually develop potholes if you choose to avoid an annual inspection. At this point, you may be forced to replace the entire paved area at an even greater cost. A yearly inspection of your pavement will give you one less thing to worry about, as you will catch problems early on and be able to repair them before they become large, expensive problems.


Over time, small cracks will appear in your pavement. These will become bigger and more costly to repair if you fail to deal with them in a timely manner. When it rains, water will seep into any existing cracks and weaken the foundation of your pavement, causing it to buckle. Pavement sealant is a special emulsion that is designed to protect your pavement from the extreme weather conditions. It is designed to significantly slow the development of cracks in the surface as long as it is properly applied. Over time, seal coating will save you a lot of money in repair costs.

Asphalt Crack Repair

Your pavement will require special attention when it begins to crack. First, the cracks must be routed and cleaned and then they must be filled with heated sealant. Routing involves digging a channel into the crack so that the sealant may be properly applied. As the weather changes, the sealant will expand and contract, so your pavement will be protected regardless of the conditions it endures.

Other Asphalt Repairs

Your asphalt driveway or parking lot may begin to deteriorate for a number of reasons. These include poor maintenance and poor drainage. Experienced paving companies can size up your pavement problems quickly and decide on the best course of action. We can also make the necessary adjustments to ensure that water runs off properly instead of settling on the surface.

Preventative Maintenance

An annual preventative maintenance schedule will ensure that your pavement will always look its best. It is an additional yearly expense, but it will keep you from having to spend money on major repairs or a complete rehabilitation of the pavement in the near future. Regular inspections will allow early detection small cracks or areas where the base material is inadequate.

Rapco Asphalt Maintenance is located in Franklin Park, IL and services the greater Chicago area. We specialize in all aspects of asphalt from new construction to repairing old, worn asphalt. Call us any time to discuss your asphalt needs at 847-299-1830.