Asphalt is a very versatile material. It can be used to pave driveways, parking lots, streets, and more. Unfortunately, if not properly maintained, asphalt can sustain damage that will compromise its integrity and your safety.
There are five asphalt damages a reliable contractor should know how to fix.
A pothole is a deformation in the asphalt surface typically caused by fatigue, aging, or lack of proper material compaction beneath the surface when the asphalt was laid down originally. Paved roads are subjected to constant wear and tear over time. Even perfect construction, asphalt will begin to fail.
Potholes form when asphalt begins to crumble and break up, leaving a gap or hole filled with water. It then freezes, thaws, and refreezes over time, creating the pothole. The best way to prevent potholes is with proper asphalt compaction during installation.
Upheaval asphalt damages occur when the asphalt is actually pushed up from the ground rather than being pulled down. This happens due to a lack of compaction beneath the asphalt during installation, which leaves it with nothing to hold onto as time goes on and cars drive over it.
Upheaval asphalt damage should be fixed as soon as possible because it will only get worse and more expensive to fix later. Call your contractor right away if you suspect any asphalt damage.
3. Joint Cracks
Cracks in asphalt are the most common type of asphalt damage, and they can be caused by heaving or settling. Asphalt is flexible enough to accommodate this type of movement without causing too much trouble; however, if cracks form due to a lack of flexibility, it can cause problems with water getting through the asphalt during rainstorms.
Joint cracks in asphalt need to be repaired immediately. Even if your asphalt does not presently show signs of joint cracks, it is best to keep an eye out for them, especially when spring arrives because heaving or settling asphalt during rainstorms happens more often than you might think.
4. Slippage Cracks
Slippage cracks are a type of asphalt damage that you must fix immediately. Slippage cracks will usually run horizontally across the asphalt and can also include a vertical crack starting from the bottom of one lane to another. If you see slippage cracking on your asphalt, call for an inspection as soon as possible because it is a sign that settlement has occurred.
This asphalt damage is also known as a “checkerboard” pattern or asphalt spalling. It looks as though small pieces of asphalt have been removed from the top layer to reveal tiny holes. Raveling means that your asphalt has started to break down and needs attention before it deteriorates further, which will require repaving to fix.
This asphalt damage can be caused by several factors, such as the asphalt becoming too dry and brittle. It’s best to call for professional help if you experience raveling because; more than likely other damages have also occurred and need to be fixed.
Asphalt Specialties, LLC is your go-to asphalt contractor for all of your asphalt needs. We serve the Ketchum area and beyond with professional crack sealing services and other paving services that are sure to exceed your expectations. Contact us today to get a free estimate for your next paving project.