Asphalt pavement repair is a cost-effective and practical way to repair damaged areas of asphalt on your commercial parking lot, regardless of size. Your asphalt repair cost will save you money in the long run by helping to extend the overall lifespan of your asphalt. Pavement repair and regular maintenance helps to stop small problems from turning into big ones. Pothole repair, pothole patching, and crack filling are very important asphalt pavement practices.
How to repair asphalt potholes:
Potholes are one of the most necessary repairs come spring, after a cold and snowy winter. Potholes are essentially created as a result of water sneaking into pavement cracks. During the winter, when temperatures are always fluctuating between below freezing and above freezing, this water that gets into the crack freezes and thaws. When the water freezes it expands the asphalt above it and when it melts again, the pavement remains raised. However, underneath is now liquid not solid, resulting in breakage when vehicles hit it…READ MORE
Pothole repair is extremely important in preserving the life of your asphalt and there are several pothole repair techniques.
Popular pothole repair methods:
- Saw cut and patch – This hot patch asphalt repair involves the cutting and removing of areas of deterioration and the refilling of these removed areas with hot mix asphalt. This method of pothole patching is fairly permanent.
- Milling and patching – The milling process involves the grinding of the pavement’s surface to a desired depth. These millings are loaded into a truck and recycled, and a new layer of asphalt is added on top measuring to the same depth as the removed surface.
If a pothole is left untreated, it can lead to complete asphalt deterioration, which may require a completely new installation.
Repairing cracks in asphalt pavement:
Pavement crack repair is a great way to decrease the chances of large pothole formation. To repair cracks in asphalt pavement, you’ll want to use hot rubberized crack filler. By filling minor cracks, you are helping to avoid water penetration of your pavement’s base, as well as the formation of large potholes. The effects of water on pavement can be detrimental, leading to asphalt deterioration, especially if the water reaches the base layer.
Asphalt driveway repairs:
While we at EastCoat Pavement primarily focus our business on commercial paving and commercial parking lot repair, we understand the need for education on residential asphalt driveway repairs. While asphalt driveway repair methods are similar to parking lot repairs, some can be taken care of in a day with materials readily available at a local home center. Some driveway repair, however, may need a professional…READ MORE
FAQ Winter Asphalt Questions:
Does salt hurt asphalt?
Rock salt for deicing will not directly contribute to asphalt deterioration, but a pavement dicer will have an impact on your asphalt. By keeping the water in liquid form at a lower temperature, the freeze-thaw cycle can now occur at varying temperatures below freezing, instead of only happening when temperatures fluctuate from freezing to above freezing. This can lead to increased pothole formation and asphalt cracking. If you are wondering how does sand melt ice the short answer is, it doesn’t. Instead, it helps with traction…READ MORE
What is frost heave? What are some frost heave prevention methods?
Frost heave is when freezing temperatures penetrate the ground causing subsurface water to form ice structures. Freezing that occurs below the surface displaces the soil, causing soil heave and expanding the asphalt. Some frost heave prevention methods include:
- Extending support structures past local frost line, or protecting them with insulation.
- Backfilling around piers with gravel to promote drainage
- Replace fine-grain soil with course material
- Create a capillary break to prevent capillary movement
- Heat underground units…READ MORE
Can snow removal damage my asphalt?
While winter snow removal and plowing is essential and lifesaving, it can be damaging to asphalt pavement. Your pavement will see the most damages from snow plows where the surface is uneven and near curbing. Hiring an experienced snow removal professional is a great way to avoid unnecessary winter asphalt damages… READ MORE