Is your pavement badly damaged? Are you unsure if you should get asphalt repair done or get a complete removal and replacement? We understand how disconcerting and stressful it can be for property owners seeing that their asset is in bad condition. However, delaying repairs or repaving would only make matters worse. Aside from the worsening of damage, you will have to suffer inconvenience, a decline in curb appeal, accidents, and if you own a commercial property, you will also face downtime. Therefore, the best course of action is to find out if your pavement can be repaired or not and then take the appropriate action.
To correctly identify if your asphalt pavement is beyond repair, there are four things you need to do.
Assess the Damage
Evaluating the extent, cause, and type of damage can help you determine precisely what your pavement needs. For example, cracks, potholes, and other types of pavement distresses that occur due to wear and not because of an underlying issue can be easily repaired with the guarantee of long-lasting results. On the other hand, alligator cracking, water pooling, and other problems are caused by base failure or incorrect installation, which requires repaving.
Calculate the Cost
Although asphalt repair is actually cheaper than repaving, it can prove to be much more expensive in some cases. Let us explain further. If the repairs exceed 50% of the total surface area, asphalt paving would be more appropriate than repairing the existing pavement. There are two reasons for this. Firstly the cost of repair would be too high. Secondly, if the damage is so vast, there is likely a more significant underlying problem like base failure, setting, drainage issues, or incorrect installation/compacting. While repair will fix the surface-level damage, you need to invest in repaving to fix base and sub-base problems; otherwise, the issues will reappear, requiring you to spend frequently on repairs.
Recall the Age
The age of the pavement can be a big indicator of its current and future needs. Like every asset, your asphalt pavement also has a life cycle. If your pavement is at the end of its estimated life span, there would be an increasing, frequent, and more extensive need for repairs. However, spending on repairs in this situation would be like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, as you will have to spend on repaving soon enough. The best course of action in this situation is to determine how old your pavement is. If it has been serving your needs for two decades or more, then it is better just to get a new pavement installed.
Seek Expert Advice
While the above are sufficient indicators to help you establish if a pavement is beyond repair, perhaps the most accurate way of determining this is an expert’s opinion. A professional is better equipped to judge your pavement’s needs, more minutely identify issues, and better predict future problems. Thus, the smart thing to do when you have a damaged pavement on your hands is to get an expert’s advice on whether or not asphalt repair is a viable solution.
CAM Services is a premium asphalt paving contractor offering affordable and lasting pavement installation, maintenance, and repair solutions in Tampa, FL. Get a free estimate for your project or contact us to find out more about our repair process.