As we desert dwellers know, a dry asphalt surface with a sprinkle of rain can cause slip and slide driving conditions. The cause: Asphalt and concrete surfaces that are not maintained properly tend to build up with oil and dust over time in our dry climate. A short rain shower on these surfaces can create a slick roadway surface because water droplets combined with surface debris and oils create a thin liquid film on the road.1

Making matters worse, our blistering hot summer months (some of the hottest on the planet!), with the sun’s penetrating UV rays, tend to fade asphalt surfaces, leading to surface deterioration including ripples and soft spots.

The good news…..Using a reputable asphalt contractor who understands hot and arid climates and knows how to properly install asphalt in these environments, is the first step to maximizing your investment. With regular inspection, repairs, and seal coating, you can prolong the life of your asphalt in even the harshest weather conditions.

Pedestrian walkway at the Hoover Dam.

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