How to Plan For An Asphalt Pavement Project
The health of your asphalt pavement affects two things: curb appeal and safety. When the surface is compromised, you're inviting a whole host issues to arise with the subsurface. If the subsurface begins to weaken you're looking at things like potholes or repaving it in its entirety. Not to mention blistering, cracking, and warped pavement doesn't improve your curb appeal.
The best way to tackle pavement issues is through asphalt paving services. They vary in scope which is great for you because you can choose only what you need to get the job done. There are just a few things to consider when planning for asphalt paving.
Identify Areas That Need Repairing or Replacing
Getting the most out of your asphalt service comes with preparation. Incorrect installation and you run the risk of "crocodile cracks" forming at the surface. Surface cracks lead to foundational issues, and then you are back where you started — asphalt that needs repairing or replacing. Gather as much information about the current state of affairs, and you can find an asphalt paver in Middle Tennessee with all the qualifications to do a superior job.
Here are a few signs your asphalt needs repair:
UV rays will eventually diminish the elasticity in the asphalt composite, meaning cracks are inevitable. However, not all cracks are created equal. So, how do you know cracks need filling? Look for any that are as wide as they are deep.
All asphalt has a solid subsurface. Damage to the subsurface can cause the surface to erode and sink. How does this happen? Improper pouring of the pavement or by not repairing cracks. Potholes can damage your vehicle and are unsightly. Regardless of why there is a pothole it needs to be fixed.
Your black top getting lighter in color is a natural process. The only problem is it loses a protective barrier against water penetration. Sometimes fading is indicative of a composite issue where the integrity has been compromised. Your paver can help you identify which one.
All asphalt services are designed to have some form of drainage. If you find areas of water, you could have a problem. Sitting water is terrible for your pavements health. Identify where it collects and try to take notes of when it happens and how large the pooling can get.
Know the Types of Repairs
Now that we know the most significant issues when it comes to repairing your asphalt you can plan for your paving project. By familiarizing yourself with the different forms of repairs you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.
Asphalt patching helps with blistering and potholes. It's more or less the application of fresh pavement on top of a preexisting condition. Works for both residential and commercial properties.
Crack filling is one the best preventative treatments you can do for your blacktop. It includes removing the dirt and debris than applying a filler into the crack. It prevent issues spreading to the subsurface.
Resurfacing is a multi-tasker. Sometimes the most cost-effective solution for fixing imperfections is to resurface. It uses a thin layer of fresh asphalt to level out and fix pooling, cover potholes, cracks and more.
Remember earlier we mentioned the fading of your blacktop? The sealant acts as a protective barrier against water damage, and it will improve curb appeal by adding back the deep, rich black hue.
When your asphalt is beyond repair, your paver might suggest pavement milling. Through the use of heavy machinery, you can have the exterior or the entire pitch removed. Why is this an excellent service? It's environmentally safe because it reuses what it pulls
Choose the Right Asphalt
There are a few different kinds of asphalt to choose from. We break them down for you and how they might benefit your project.
Hot Mix Asphalt
It's one of the most popular types of asphalt mixes used. It's called hot mix because it's heated to very high temperatures (around 300 degrees) before it's poured. It's flexible and weather resistant. Great for both residential driveways and commercial properties.
Warm Mix Asphalt
As the name describes, warm mix asphalt is much like the hot mix in composite but doesn't use as high of temperatures. With the warm mix, you can pave at lower temperatures giving you more flexibility. It cuts fuel costs and can be recycled at higher rates.
If you have a commercial property and are concerned about water drainage, porous asphalt is an excellent choice. A stone subsurface is used at such a great depth that drainage through the pavement has a hard time meeting the surface.
Hire the Right Asphalt Paver
The quality of your job revolves around the experience of your paver. There is engineering that goes into the laying of asphalt, and you want to trust someone who can get the job done correctly. At Roadbuilders, we are a family-owned and operated business with decades of experience.
We have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with clear recommendations that will improve both residential and commercial properties. We know asphalt and its characteristics to walk you through your options. This in-depth knowledge is applied to the work we provide, so you only get the best craftsmanship.