Despite its longevity and other advantages, asphalt pavement is bound to deteriorate over time. A regular asphalt pavement maintenance regime can slow down the rate of deterioration. However, the pavement will still experience damages due to the deterioration. So, since you are going to face asphalt damage one way or another, the best strategy would be to prepare for it.
In this blog post, we are sharing some common damages that affect asphalt surfaces and the recommended methods to repair them. While having this information will put you in an advantageous position with respect to mitigating the possible damages to your pavement, it would be a great idea to talk to a professional asphalt repair and asphalt paving company like CAM Service & Repairs LLC in Jacksonville, FL. They will assess the condition of your pavement and propose the best repair options.
The following are the three most common asphalt pavement damages and the appropriate remedies for each.
Alligator cracking is the most common and perhaps the most severe type of cracking on asphalt surfaces. These cracks appear across the length of the pavement. The causes of alligator cracking include a much heavier traffic load than planned, insufficient pavement thickness, and a weak subgrade layer.
There are some short-term solutions for alligator cracking, such as crack filling; however, these solutions do not resolve the issue. The best repair option is to dig into the various layers of the pavement to determine the exact site of the problem and then apply remedies to reinforce the subgrade.
Potholes are one of the most commonly identifiable damages to asphalt surfaces. These are the ultimate consequence of alligator cracking when chunks of pavement are displaced, leaving a hole behind. Potholes are shaped like bowls; they appear on the surface layer and work their way down to the base of the pavement. The size of these holes increases over time if not fixed promptly. These holes are a significant safety hazard; depending on how deep and wide a hole is, it can inflict severe damages to vehicles and can also cause inconvenience to pedestrians.
The best method to fix potholes is to remove the debris from the hole and then cut a square area around the hole that borders with the undamaged pavement. Now, fill the gap with patching material slightly higher than the edges, and compact it afterward so that it aligns with the edges of the square hole.
Raveling occurs when gravel becomes loose and displaces from the pavement surface. The loose gravel infiltrates into the pavement surface, making it weak and opening a channel for water to seep in.
If a small area is damaged, a patch can be applied. However, for larger areas, you should have asphalt overlay done.
If you own or manage a property in or around Jacksonville, FL, CAM Service & Repairs LLC can provide you with a full range of asphalt pavement-related services, including installation and repair.
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