Asphalt is a popular material used in different types of construction projects. Although asphalt is a very durable material, it does not last forever. Asphalt may sustain damage by aging or weathering and can even deteriorate from being struck by an object. There are many different types of asphalt damage that homeowners may encounter on their property. These damages can increase the maintenance and repair costs and present an ungainly sight that reduces curb appeal. Identifying the type of asphalt damage is crucial for determining how to repair it properly.
This blog post will help you identify different types of damages varying from potholes to cracking due to extreme temperature changes. We aim to guide you on how to identify the problem and offer possible maintenance and repair solutions.
1) Cracks and Potholes
When you notice cracks and potholes in your driveway, it is most likely the result of natural weathering over time. The most common causes are the contraction and expansion caused by temperature changes plus water seeping into the pavement.
These damages can be difficult to repair since they require digging up sections that have been compromised or even the entire pavement in some cases. However, if you do not want to invest in excavating work, some temporary fixes include using cold patch material and applying hot mix crack sealing products.
You can prevent the formation of cracks and potholes by investing in asphalt maintenance. If you notice cracks appearing on the surface, call for professional repair immediately.
Depressions are low pavement areas that do not penetrate the asphalt layer. They can be caused due to several reasons, which include settling, weathering, and aging. Depressions are the easiest to fill since they do not require excavation work. When filling depressions, you must use a hot mix or cold patch mixtures of materials depending on the damage present to ensure durability for a long time.
To prevent depression formation, make sure your property has proper drainage systems installed, so water does not accumulate in an area creating pressure over time which causes cracks and potholes to form underneath layers of the pavement surface. Always hire professional contractors like Sweeney’s Pavement Maintenance, LLC for pavement installation; they will ensure proper drainage system installation.
If you notice loose gravel and grit on a parking lot, it usually means that the surface is deteriorating and not compacting properly. There can be various reasons for this, from poor compaction after paving to lack of maintenance over time, creating gaps between asphalt layers that allow gravel to accumulate.
The best way to fix this issue on your own is by filling up all the loose dirt with an emulsion crack filler designed specifically for use on parking lots – these are often available at local hardware stores or online retailers.
Scheduling regular maintenance repairs with Sweeney’s Pavement Maintenance, LLC, can assist you in identifying and promptly repairing asphalt problems in Garden City. We offer a range of pavement maintenance services. Get a free estimate now!