Making saw cuts is a common task for people in the construction industry. They are commonly used for cutting asphalt, concrete, and other paving materials.
This blog post will answer questions such as why you would make saw cuts in asphalt, how often you should make them, and when best to make them?
Why Cut Your Asphalt Surface?
There are several reasons why you should cut your asphalt surface. The most common reason is to remove bumps and ruts, which can be caused by the age or weathering of the asphalt pavement on streets and driveways.
Another reason is that when there are potholes in your asphalt surface, you need to cut out each of them individually with a saw blade specifically designed for this purpose. It can remove any material such as soil or rocks around the hole.
Asphalt surfaces do not last forever as they break down over time. This happens because when water gets into cracks in the asphalt, causing more cracks to form. You may have to cut the damaged surface with a saw blade.
The only thing that has to be done after the asphalt is cut with the saw is to fill the hole with an asphalt patch.
When to Cut Your Asphalt Surface?
When you are trying to determine when and how much asphalt cutting your job will require, consider these factors:
- The cause of the damage
- The depth of the damage
If you are cutting when there is a deep pothole in need of repair, then saw cuts can help restore your road’s integrity. The sawing process should only take place when the first two layers underneath are still in good condition.
If you don’t take care of the problem immediately, you are looking at more extensive repairs down the line.
How to Make Saw Cuts in Asphalt?
Once you have determined how much asphalt cutting your job will require, it is time to make saw cuts.
- A thin diamond blade mounted on a circular saw can be used for this purpose.
- You will need a safety guard, a water supply to cool the blade, and a sturdy stand.
- Mark the targeted areas that you want to cut with chalk.
- Saw cuts should be made in several passes, with each pass going about halfway through the asphalt depth. This will allow some room for error and facilitate proper compaction of the new surface.
- Although saw cutting can produce precise cuts, it makes only straight lines and does not provide for curves or angled intersections.
- When you are done, ensure that the saw cuts have been made in an even pattern to ensure uniformity.
Sweeney’s Pavement Maintenance, LLC is a full-service pavement maintenance company. We offer saw cutting services as well as asphalt repairs and other paving services. If you are looking for someone to handle your residential or commercial asphalt paving work in Kearney, look no further. Call us to get a free estimate today on any of our many paving options – from saw cutting all the way up to complete paving projects.