Have you ever driven over a huge pothole and thought, “wow, that’s going to ruin my car”? You’re not alone. Luckily, there are ways to fix large-scale asphalt problems before they become too much of an issue.
In this blog post, Action Construction Asphalt & Concrete will discuss some of the most common methods used for large-scale asphalt repair and how they work. So, whether you’re a driver who hates seeing potholes or an asphalt professional looking for some new ideas, read on!
Causes that Lead to Asphalt Deterioration:
There are many reasons why asphalt may need to be repaired on a large scale. Some of the most common causes of asphalt deterioration are:
Heavy Traffic: It is perhaps the most common cause of deterioration. Over time, the constant weight of vehicles passing over asphalt will cause it to crack and crumble.
Poor Drainage: If water cannot adequately drain, it pools on the surface and seeps into the cracks, which causes the cracks to widen and the asphalt to crumble.
Tree Roots: If trees are growing too close to the asphalt, their roots can cause them to crack and lift.
Poor Design and Fabrication: Poor design can cause the asphalt to crack and crumble under the weight of traffic. Poor fabrication can cause the asphalt to not adhere to the sub-base, cracking and crumbling.
Remediation and Repair:
There are many ways to repair asphalt, but it depends on the severity of the damage. For small cracks, you can use a sealant. For more significant cracks, you can use an asphalt patch. If the damage is more severe, you may need to replace the entire section of asphalt.
Full Depth Reclamation:
Repairs that go through the ground include repairs using asphalt as a whole structural system. The asphalt is milled off the surface and replaced with a new asphalt layer. This method can repair large cracks, potholes, etc., in parking lots and driveways.
When most of a parking lot is in poor shape, it may be time to consider more efficient removal methods to provide for a more permanent, long-term repair. Cold milling is one such option. The broken layers of asphalt are ground into tiny, gravel-like pieces that may be reused to a set depth in the ground. The material is carried away in trucks and may be reused to resurface roads or construct new parking lots or new roadways.
Drainage issues are a common problem with asphalt. When water doesn’t completely drain, it pools on the surface and causes the asphalt to break down. Surface patching is one way to repair this problem. The damaged area is cut out and replaced with new asphalt. The new piece is then compacted to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the surface.
As you can see, asphalt paving and repairs are large-scale operations. That’s why it’s essential to go with a company that has the experience and resources to handle any size job.
Action Construction Asphalt & Concrete has been in business for over 20 years and has the equipment and workforce to get the job done right, on time, and within budget.
So if you need a licensed and insured asphalt contractor for your next project in Dallas, be sure to give us a call.