The Mid-West is known for its weather changes. From winter to spring, and from summer to fall, the evolving seasons tend to bring on a whole list of structural maintenance needs for property owners, including pavement repair. If you are the owner of an asphalt lot, it is important to implement the proper seasonal, routine maintenance services to ensure it remains durable and safe all year long. Right now, between the transition of winter to spring, is the perfect time to inspect your asphalt lot and look for any seasonal damage that may have taken place since your last pavement inspections.
Get started by scrolling down and learning about the 4 most common types of asphalt damages and what you can do to prevent them year to year.
Asphalt Problems and Needed Repairs to Watch Out For
Asphalt defects are something to take seriously, and to act on fast. Problems like cracking, heaves, potholes, depressions, raveling, and rutting can all pose safety threats and hazards to both staff and guests, but they can also be the catalyst to more major or extensive asphalt and foundation damage. When such problems are not addressed and corrected on time, they will allow moisture to get below the surfaces and lead to more pavement structure and stability damages.
Most Prevalent Damages Seen in Asphalt Pavements:
► Potholes – Almost all potholes start off as small cracks or holes. Overtime, they degrade further, causing them to grow in size and depth, and therefore, in danger. Freezing and thawing of snow and rain are the most common causes of pothole development, but traffic wear and tear and improper installation can also cause potholes to form.
► Cracking – Alligator cracking, interlocked cracking, fissures, edge cracks, block cracks, transverse cracks, moving cracks, and more are all common asphalt damages seen during every season. They are also important to repair and seal to prevent further and future damage.
► Raveling – When asphalt is installed in weather that is still too cold, sometimes pieces of asphalt slabs will separate from the surface. This results in a pavement degradation known as raveling. It causes dents and sizable indentations on the surface of asphalt, which can pose several safety threats and water runoff issues.
► Rutting – Just like your car tires can make paved ruts in the wet mud, natural wear and tear can cause the same type of surface depressions in asphalt pavements. This is known as rutting, and will usually develop as a result of poor or improper installation, or due to asphalt being laid to thin.
How to Repair and Prevent Asphalt Damages
The most common methods to repair the above-mentioned asphalt damages are overlays and routine sealcoating. As for year-round maintenance and care, be sure to keep your asphalt clean, and properly seal-coated every season. The best asphalt pavements are those that are properly poured and installed by professional pavement contractors. If you want great pavements all year long, be sure you choose a certified pro to install, repair, and protect your asphalt.
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