Top Solutions for Damaged Asphalt
New asphalt is always in style. It shows customers how much you care about your business, down to the parking lot. It gives an excellent first impression and is aesthetically pleasing. Since damaged asphalt is never a good thing, it’s important you have it repaired as soon as possible. Whether you have seen some small cracks, have felt your car bounce over a larger crack or have twisted your ankle in a pothole, the damage is there, and it should be taken care of before a more significant problem arises. The following are some top solutions to speak with a Phoenix paving expert about.
Regular Seal Coating
Contacting a professional to utilize a sealcoat could be considered more of a prevention, rather than a solution for damage. It protects the surface after small cracks have begun to develop, making it an excellent solution for minor damage. Sealcoating provides a protective layer to keep out oil and water that tend to seep down to the substrate, in addition to protecting it from sun damage. It takes a dull, discolored surface and gives it back the dark asphalt color you’re used to.
If the cracks in your asphalt have gone beyond small and are now in the range of ¾ inch to an actual pothole, we recommend filling it with cold-mix asphalt. We recommend contacting a professional to be sure it gets compacted completely and leveled correctly. A pothole not filled correctly can still create an unsafe and uncomfortable experience for drivers, as well as for individuals walking to and from their vehicles.
Compacting the Sub-Surface
In some situations, asphalt damage appears as ruts that are the result of vehicles consistently using the same route. There are a couple of reasons for this, including a sub-surface that was not compacted correctly during the initial laying of asphalt. Applying tack glue to the ruts and filling them in with a thick asphalt layer will help with the ruts, but the sub-surface will also need a professional compacting job done.
Resurfacing With Hot-Mix Asphalt
Whether your asphalt is many years old or has just deteriorated to the point that you can’t apply a sealcoat or cold-mix, you might consider resurfacing with hot-mix asphalt. It’s important to keep in mind this is something done by an experienced contractor, so the new layer doesn’t rise inconveniently above ground level, and to ensure the proper tools are used. There are a few things to look for in deciding whether or not this is the right option for your surface. They are:
- Drainage Slope – The recommended slope for a paved surface is 1% at a minimum. It should still reach this minimum, even after many years, and it should still effectively drain to a separate area.
- Extra Space – As was touched on previously, an extra layer of asphalt requires additional space. It cannot go so high that it obstructs an entrance to a building or creates an unsafe transition from the driveway to the road or sidewalk. Be sure there is proper space for the layer, all the way around.
- Granular Base – The granular base is immediately underneath the asphalt and should be in reasonably good condition. Slight cracks or unnoticeable flaws are okay, but anything major indicates a problem.
After a contractor has a look at these three aspects, and possibly a few more, he/she will know whether your project is a good candidate for resurfacing with hot-mix asphalt. The process is completed by having the old surface cleaned well before a tack coat is applied. This allows the new surface to grasp the old surface properly. The hot-mix asphalt is then put down and compacted into place.
Removing and Replacing
After some inspections, a professional contractor may notice that the best solution for your asphalt damage is a complete removal and replacement. The substrate can become damaged in addition to the top layer, causing total removal to be the ideal resolution. There are some situations in which a few extra steps will have to be taken after excavation has begun. These include:
- Sub-grade that has been prepared wrong
- Running across utility lines that have been installed too shallow
- Finding a missing aggregate base
An experienced contractor at One Stop Asphalt knows what steps to take to ensure your job is done correctly, so it’s important to always speak to the professionals when dealing with removal and replacement.
Contact the Professionals Today
There’s no better time to contact the professionals for your asphalt repair job. Whether you think a Phoenix sealcoat will do the trick or are concerned a complete removal and replacement is necessary, getting started right away can help you avoid future problems with your driveway or parking lot. Contact us to speak with an experienced contractor about the asphalt damage you have noticed.