PATCHING, RESURFACING & RECONSTRUCTION
Patching is a process used on smaller areas of damaged asphalt, which will help slow and prevent the deterioration of your entire lot or driveway. Patching consists of repairing cracks, filling holes, and repairing damage that was caused by moisture entering the cracks or potholes, which has caused premature damage to your pavement surface. Patching a damaged area of asphalt will help prevent a more expensive fix down the road. At Central Asphalt, we use two primary forms of patching. Each has its benefits and we will present the best option to our customers based on the repair needs of their asphalt surface.
Resurfacing is a process of installing a new layer of asphalt over an existing asphalt pavement surface. Resurfacing is ideal when an entire asphalt surface is in need of repair, but is not in poor enough condition to have the pavement completely removed. The resurfacing can provide a new, smooth surface and provide valued structure to your pavement. However, you will start seeing reflective cracking within a year or two. Keep in mind, this is not usually a recommendation typically given to any customer, but it can be done.
In order to prepare asphalt for resurfacing, a series of preparatory steps may be taken depending on the condition of the existing asphalt. This can include crack filling or cold milling a few inches of the existing asphalt surface. Ultimately, our experienced Estimators will be able to help determine the extent of repairs needed, and can determine if resurfacing is right for your project.
Asphalt reconstruction is the process of installing a brand new asphalt pavement on an existing or new aggregate base. Reconstruction should be considered when there has been extensive damage to your asphalt surface, along with damage to the underlying base/subgrade layer. If as much as 25% of your asphalt area is in need of removal, it can often be more economical to completely reconstruct the asphalt surface. Our experienced Estimators will be able to help determine the extent of repairs needed, and can determine if reconstruction is the right plan of action.
If you have damaged or cracked asphalt, our team of asphalt experts would be happy to help determine which repair method is best for you. Give Central Asphalt a call at (989) 772-0720 or request a free estimate.
FULL-DEPTH HOT MIX
This repair is done by removing the existing asphalt surface down to the existing aggregate. If the damage is due to poor subgrade materials, the existing aggregate may be removed and replaced, as well, to extend the life of the area you are looking to repair. The rea is then “squared-up” on each side, so there are vertical edges on each side. New asphalt is then placed in the “squared-up” hole and compacted to meet flush with the surrounding existing edges.
After sweeping the area, damaged asphalt is exposed to extreme heat using an Infrared Asphalt Heater. Exposing the damaged asphalt to this level of heat will cause the old asphalt to soften and become workable again. Once workable, it is mixed with new asphalt, raked to level the area, and then compacted to provide a seamless patch.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN SHOULD I PATCH PAVEMENT VS. RESURFACE OR RECONSTRUCT IT?
Patching is used to repair small sections of pavement that are damaged. It can be used to correct minor issues like cracks or holes, buckled pavement, or sunken spots. Patches can also help resolve drainage issues and add to the life of your asphalt surface if only a small portion is in need of repair. Repairing the small areas will greatly extend the life of your pavement by preventing water from penetrating your asphalt surface and getting into your subgrade, which causes damage to the life of your pavement.
Resurfacing is a great way to revitalize a completely worn asphalt surface that doesn’t suffer from structural problems in the subgrade/base. Reconstruction is the best option for asphalt surfaces that also need repairs made to the subgrade/base. A Central Asphalt Estimator will be able to identify which option is best for you.
WE'VE SPOKEN WITH MORE THAN ONE COMPANY & THEY EACH PROVIDED DIFFERENT REPAIR ESTIMATES. WHY?
Estimates between asphalt paving companies can vary greatly if each company is providing an estimate on a different type of work. When reviewing your estimates, make sure you are comparing things apples-to-apples. Estimates can vary greatly if each company is not bidding the same type of work. This is why it’s important to educate yourself on the repair process and to find an asphalt paving company you can trust. At Central Asphalt, our goal is to be upfront and honest about the costs and repair services provided, so you can make the most informed decision possible.