Is Your Asphalt at Risk?

Spotting Early Signs of Failure can Save Time and Money!

Detecting potential or existing asphalt failure early on can prevent larger problems or the need for costly re-installation. Here are the signs to look out for:

Easily Apparent signs of asphalt failure:

  • Potholes: small potholes can quickly turn into larger ones if not addressed, especially in harsh winter areas.
  • Cracking/Alligator Cracking: subgrade failure, moisture, or excessive loading, or can cause cracks that allow water penetration, the most common reason for asphalt failure.

Subtle signs of asphalt failure:

  • Longitudinal Cracks: cracks running parallel to traffic indicate subbase fracturing and weakening caused by traffic.
  • Reflective Cracks: newer top asphalt layers failing due to older weak/failing surfaces below.
  • Rutting: downward stress caused by heavy loading, studded tires, poor subgrade, inadequate pavement thickness, defective mix, and fast-traveling vehicles.
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Regular inspection and maintenance by a professional is crucial to prevent asphalt failure. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact EastCoat Pavement Services for all your paving and asphalt repair needs.”

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