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Asphalt Paving Contractor

Serving Weber, Davis, Box Elder and Cache Counties in Northern Utah

HOW OFTEN SHOULD ASPHALT BE REPLACED?

Most asphalt parking lots and highways are designed to last around 20 years. If any further time passes, the chance of routine failure, cracks, and potholes increases many times over. Wear and tear on asphalt can be caused by many things such as overweight trucks, constant vehicle traffic, water, and age.

HOW DO YOU EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR ASPHALT?

If you want to extend your pavement’s life, then have periodic asphalt sealcoating performed. Sealcoating helps cover minor cracks and pores that have the potential to escalate into significant problems. Our experts recommend sealcoating once every three to five years to protect the pavement from the elements. Sealcoating is also a great way to extend your pavement’s lifespan; it is one of the most widely recommended maintenance procedures as it guarantees pavement longevity and safeguards your investment.

Sealcoating also rejuvenates the pavement’s beautiful blacktop. Years of use means that your surface loses its initial charm; sealcoating helps you regain it, adding value to your property, giving it a much-needed curb appeal.

WHAT IS ASPHALT OVERLAY?    

Asphalt overlay is a feasible and cost-efficient option for repairing minor surface damages to your pavement such as small cracks, rutting, depressions caused by large vehicles, some water damage, potholes, and so on. The basic concept of the asphalt overlay process involves simply placing a new layer of asphalt aggregate on top of the existing asphalt that’s showing signs of disrepair. In some cases, the existing asphalt might require some milling prior to installing the new layer, especially if there’s been water damage or water drainage issues that result in standing water. Before applying the new layer of asphalt, you need to ensure that all excess water has been properly removed or drained. Otherwise, you’ll have to deal with potentially more significant and costly water damage and internal asphalt erosion in the future at which point complete asphalt removal and replacement might be necessary.

WHAT IS ASPHALT REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT?

Asphalt removal and replacement is exactly what it sounds like. Also known as R & R. Sometimes, your asphalt pavement might be so deteriorated that repairing it would be a waste of your time, money, efforts, and resources. In these cases, an asphalt overlay or seal coating isn’t the best solution to your problem because it won’t adequately address or correct any of the internal structural weaknesses that your asphalt is exhibiting. Instead, an overlay would simply provide an ineffective “Band-Aid solution” for a much bigger problem. At this point seal coating would only provide curb appeal.  For instance, if you’re contending with sizable cracks, deep potholes, extensive water damage, or large oil spills that have penetrated the surface of the asphalt and caused severe internal damage, then it’s time to consider an asphalt removal and replacement. This entails completely removing the existing severely damaged asphalt that’s probably seen much better days and replacing it with a newer, stronger, and more structurally sound layer of asphalt aggregate. Depending on the extent and depth of the damage incurred, you might even need to apply more road base and thicker asphalt in order to make it more effective and ensure its longevity.

ASPHALT OVERLAY OR REPLACEMENT: WHICH ONE IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?

Choosing between a simple and convenient asphalt overlay or a potentially more complex replacement isn’t necessarily an obvious decision. In some cases, where you might think the damage is only on the surface, there could be impending and unpredictable internal damage that’s difficult to detect. Here are a few instances in which you should consider either an asphalt overlay or replacement:

Cracks and Water Damage

As mentioned, some cracks aren’t major points of contention against the preservation, longevity, and structural integrity of your asphalt. Smaller cracks can easily be filled. If there are multiple small cracks, they should be filled immediately to prevent them from widening, spreading to other areas, or causing greater internal damage and eventually compromising the structural foundation of your pavement. Larger, more widespread cracks that go very deep beneath the surface of the pavement might require that portion of the asphalt to be removed and replaced. Cracks can lead to a series of other potentially harmful issues for your asphalt.

Hazardous Conditions

External damages to your asphalt can also lead to extremely hazardous conditions for yourself, your customers, visitors, and anyone else who uses your property. You’re legally liable for any injuries or accidents that occur on your property as a result of poor or lack of proper maintenance including neglected potholes, cracks, rutting, or portions of missing asphalt. You should conduct regular asphalt inspections throughout your property to anticipate and correct any potential damages that could cause physical harm in the future. Not only will this practice provide you with a great deal of peace of mind, but it’s also a good preventative measure against future lawsuits.

Long-Term Savings

The following point can’t be reiterated enough: the more you take care of your asphalt, the more you’ll get out of it and that includes long-term monetary savings. Remember that asphalt removal and replacement is a lot more expensive than seal coating and crack sealing, so implementing occasional repairs to your asphalt is a smart way to save some money in the long run. That said, you also need to be vigilant in terms of identifying the types of damages your asphalt has endured as well as applying the appropriate repairs to remedy those problems. Don’t take any shortcuts for the sake of saving money because this will inevitably end up costing you more later on. It’s better to completely eradicate a problem now rather than letting it worsen over time.

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C & B Asphalt specializes in Asphalt Paving, Sealcoating, Crack Sealing, Pot Hole Repair and Striping. Other services offered are Sweeping, Pressure Washing and Traffic Signs.

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