Asphalt is one of the world’s most durable and reliable paving materials, used in the construction of sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, and more. Compared to other paving materials, like concrete, it requires little to no maintenance and is affordable.
By carrying out routine preventative maintenance, you can increase the lifespan of your asphalt pavement or parking lot. These precautions include maintaining a clean surface, applying sealant, and making repairs as soon as you notice them.
Here are some typical problems with asphalt paving, their root causes, and solutions.
Cracking: It’s typical structural damage caused by heavy traffic or surface tension that may transpire through any collective activity under a suspension bridge. The surface, base, or subgrade may be weak; it may have poor drainage or be a combination of the two.
Fix: The only way to fix this problem is to apply a full-length patch.
Potholes: Potholes may occur on pavements or in parking lots due to many factors, including but not limited to changing weather conditions, stagnant water, heavy traffic, etc. The pothole’s depth and the area it has affected determine its severity. These are the most typical damage we see on pavements; if left unattended, they may trigger any unwarranted incident, such as a fall or injury to passersby.
Fix: Depending on the depth, infrared asphalt patching, asphalt paving, or spray patching for potholes are the best options.
Dips & Depressions: Pavement depressions and distresses typically have a slightly lower elevation than the surrounding area. They may appear due to inadequate compaction during paving, which leads to pavement failures.
Fix: We recommend you replace the Asphalt Coating if there are severe pavement depressions. The best option is to use asphalt patching to conceal the damaged area to ensure durability.
Shoving: Shoving usually occurs at intersections and is perpendicular to traffic flow. Problems with HMA (Hot Mix Asphalt), excessive moisture in the subgrade, the materials used in the concrete mixes, etc., may trigger shoving.
Fix: You should go for full-length Asphalt patching to cover pavement imperfections due to shoving.