Despite the strength and durability that asphalt surfaces boast, they are still prone to damage and wear. Harsh weather elements, water, chemicals, fuel, weight, traffic, and other factors can damage your pavement. Damage and deterioration can cause pavement distresses to appear on the surface, marring the beauty of the surface, directly impacting the curb appeal and your property value. Pavement distresses can also weaken your pavement by compromising its strength and stability.
Importance of Timely Repair
Timely asphalt repair is imperative to retain the sturdiness and stability of the pavement because damage can worsen if ignored, leading to an acceleration in pavement deterioration, which shortens the service life of your asphalt surface. The first visible sign of damage is cracks. When you see cracks, you need to get crack sealing done immediately; otherwise, these tiny cracks, with time and use, can turn into alligator cracks or potholes and eventually lead to pavement failure.
Deciding on the Right Method of Repair
Regardless of the availability of funds and your readiness to commission an asphalt maintenance project, asphalt repair can be very tricky due to the wide range of methods available. In order to find the most cost-effective and lasting method, several factors need to be taken into account, including the extent of damage and weather conditions.
If you have alligator cracks on your pavement, but you use crack filling instead of asphalt patching, then the cracks are bound to reappear. Alligator cracks are a sign of an underlying problem such as sub-base failure, which, if not corrected, will lead to pavement failure. Filling the cracks will temporarily fix the issue, leading you to suffer inconvenience and spend on repairs again in the future. Similarly, investing in a hot mix asphalt patch during winter would be a mistake as the asphalt would not be malleable enough to work with; it would cool down way too quickly due to the low temperatures, leaving you with a brittle patch.
You can avoid making costly mistakes by hiring a professional Florida paving company. An expert will inspect your pavement diligently and present you with the most viable asphalt repair solution.
How to Prepare Your Surface for Repairs
Before work on an asphalt repair project begins, an important step needs to be carried out — you need to prepare the pavement for the work. Give your asphalt surface a thorough cleaning to remove all dirt, debris, and loose/broken asphalt. Jagged edges, loose asphalt, and debris would hinder the asphalt patch or filler from binding with the pavement to form a sturdy surface, so square off the edges of potholes as much as possible and clean out the cracks before repair.
After sweeping and washing, allow the pavement to dry completely before you start work. Using infrared repair on a wet surface can damage the pavement further. Also, getting quality results from crack filling/crack sealing on a damp surface would be impossible as the asphalt emulsion/sealant will not bind with the pavement to seal off the cracks.
There are so many factors to consider when it comes to asphalt repair that you are bound to miss out on a few, which will lead to project overruns and substandard results. Thus, you should leave this task for experts to deal with.
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