Asphalt Damage

There are so many reasons why asphalt is the top choice for paving driveways, parking lots, roads, and recreational areas.

It is a versatile paving material. Asphalt is 100% recyclable, when an old or damaged asphalt parking lot is replaced, the removed asphalt is taken to a recycling plant where it will be processed for reuse. Paving contractors prefer it because it is relatively easy to install compared to other paving materials.

When properly installed, asphalt pavement can last on average 15 to 20 years, with proper care and maintenance, an asphalt driveway can last 25 years plus.

When an asphalt pavement is not installed properly or neglected, the pavement will suffer. There are several ways to determine the type and extent of asphalt pavement damage.

Alligator Cracking

As the term indicates, alligator cracks are caused by excessive loads on the pavement surface a weak subgrade, or poor drainage.

Block Cracking

Black cracking is large areas of the pavement in the shape of interconnected squares or rectangles. This usually causes the inability of the pavement to contract and or expand properly.

Longitude Cracking

These are long straight or linear cracks in the pavement. These cracks are caused by excessive loads and pavement fatigue.

Transverse Cracking

These cracks are generally seen perpendicular to the centerline of the direction of the pavement. They are generally caused by weak underlying layers, poor construction, or temperature fluctuations.

Pot Holes

These are the annoying bowl-shaped areas in parking lots or roads. These are caused by heavy loads and infiltration of water.

Asphalt Driveway Failure

Asphalt Driveway Failure

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