While asphalt is a great choice for many pavement applications, it does require a bit of maintenance. Proper maintenance will guarantee that your asphalt paving will clean easily, is safer for pedestrians, looks better, and most importantly, has a longer lifespan. Our paving experts can help you to evaluate your situation and develop a plan for asphalt maintenance in Orlando.
Your asphalt paving will move through several phases of maintenance, to repairs, and eventually will require resurfacing or replacement. If you’re interested in consulting regarding your asphalt maintenance in Orlando, be sure to check out our consulting service! The following is what you may expect when managing your asphalt paving construction on your property.
Asphalt patch repair is a common maintenance procedure. This includes replacing specific areas of asphalt pavement. Asphalt Repair is often a cost-effective solution to isolate pavement areas that have proven to be unproductive. Asphalt Patching provides strength to the existing pavement structure by replacing the failed pavement with a solid base.
An effective and cost-efficient solution to asphalt pavement surface deterioration is an asphalt overlay or resurface. Minor to medium surface distress means that sometimes the best option is to perform an overlay. Overlays are ideal for upgrading the existing pavement structure, as long as the increase in elevation doesn’t create a drainage or clearance issue.
An overlay needs to be placed on a structurally-sound base. If the failure comes from structural damage, the repair needs to be made before a new surface is placed because the top layer is only as good as the bottom base. An overlay enhances the surface from environmental wear, improves the skid resistance and has some minor leveling improvement.
When your asphalt surface has severe subgrade deficiencies, a complete removal or part of all of the pavement and base material may be required. Asphalt removal and replacement may become necessary if an asphalt pavement has not had regular maintenance. If the asphalt has been maintained minimally or not at all, then removal and replacement will certainly become necessary. Small cracks that inevitably form on the asphalt surface deepen over time, allowing water infiltration into the lower levels of asphalt. When water gets into these deep cracks, it can create holes in the substrate, structurally weakening the asphalt. These small surface cracks will also spread across the asphalt, then run deeper below those areas of the surface, so that large parts of the asphalt surface and their lower levels become affected. When this happens, superficial repairs are not sufficient to fix the structural damage. The asphalt must be removed and replaced.
Asphalt pavements, like everything, have a life cycle. They start out new, they age, and eventually, they decline to the point where they need to be replaced. How long pavements last depends on a variety of factors, including how well they are constructed initially, the weather, the amount and weight of traffic and—most importantly—how well they are maintained. A well-constructed asphalt pavement that experiences low levels of traffic can last 25 years or more. That life can be substantially extended—and provide a greater return on your pavement investment—if proper maintenance is performed on a regular, timely basis.
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