Asphalt is a time-tested surface that provides plenty of benefits over other paving materials. However, as time passes, asphalt starts to age and ends up cracking and deteriorating. This can lead to problems such as water seepage and eventual failure.
This blog post will discuss the top six-pointers checklist for determining asphalt repairs, so you know what to look for!
1. Surface Texture
This point requires observation and feeling the surface texture with your fingers, looking at the history of cracks in this area, and identifying any weeds or grasses growing from cracks in asphalt.
If there is a lot of cracking, it may require replacement, but if there are only small patches, crack sealing or crack filling could work.
Reflectivity is a term asphalt professionals use to describe how much asphalt reflects light. If the asphalt appears dark, it may mean that there are large amounts of oil and dirt build-up or that the asphalt has been exposed for too long without being sealed.
In this case, you’ll want to seal your asphalt by applying an emulsion sealer.
If asphalt is too rigid, it can lead to cracking.
If the asphalt has become very stiff or brittle over time due to the elements, this could mean that there are issues with the asphalt binder.
In some cases, asphalt may need an additive to restore flexibility and prolong its life expectancy.
4. Aggregate Size
Asphalt with a mixture of small and large aggregates will provide your surface with more “tooth” for better asphalt penetration.
A low-quality asphalt mix may have asphalt particles that are too small, which will make the asphalt more susceptible to damage.
The asphalt’s temperature and moisture content will help you determine how it is going to perform over time.
Asphalt tends to be more brittle in colder climates than in warmer ones because asphalt becomes stiffer as temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (F). When asphalt absorbs water in cold climates, it expands, which could cause cracks or potholes in your asphalt if there is a weak asphalt mix.
Asphalt is more likely to crack in areas with a lot of moisture or near water because it causes the asphalt mix to dilute. This means that asphalt becomes less viscous and expands rapidly when temperatures drop, making for some very unsafe road conditions if not repaired on time.
Deluxe Blacktop Paving Contractor LLC offers professional asphalt removal and paving solutions in Harleysville. We also specialize in asphalt resurfacing to ensure your pavement is restored to its prime condition for years to come.
If you’re looking for an expert contractor to take care of all of your paving needs, then contact us today so we can get started on providing you with a free estimate. Trust us; you won’t regret working with our professional team!