Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors Find the Best Asphalt Paving Contractors in The USA Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:20:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors 32 32 Common Complaints That Consumers Have About Dealing With Asphalt Paving Companies Sun, 03 Nov 2019 21:11:09 +0000 The post Common Complaints That Consumers Have About Dealing With Asphalt Paving Companies appeared first on Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors.


Asphalt is one of the best materials to pave a driveway, walkway, or parking lot. Every whare you travel; on roads, homes you visit, commercial or retail buildings, you can be sure you will walk asphalt paving. To pave, repair, and maintain this type of paving material, you must rely on a reputable and well-experienced paving company or contractor in your local area. How ever, every now and then a consumer may encounter a paving company that did not meet the customer’s expectations and there could or can be several reasons.

This article discusses a few of the most common complaints that consumers have had when hiring a local asphalt paving contractor. Understanding these complaints can benefit both contractors, as well as consumers, paving contractors can use the information to better understand the mistakes that lead to customer complaints and consumers can also benefit by being cautious when choosing the asphalt paving contractor of their choice and avoid being scammed.

1. Lack of experience:

The number one complaint that consumers usually have is the lack of paving experience. Asphalt paving is like or unlike any other type of construction work. It requires proper expertise and experience. Expertise is earned by years of on the job training with paving experts that have been paving for as long as they can think. Some paving pros, enrich their paving knowledge by attending seminars and tradeshows. Experience comes with time! The more years a person has been paving the better the paving service he or she will provide. To gain or maintain a high level of expertise, a paving company or contractor must hire experienced paving technicians. The lack of experienced teams can seriously impact a paving job in a positive or negative way.

With this in mind, a property owner who is looking to hire a local asphalt paving company must do due diligence in making a list of criteria for selecting a reputable experienced paving company. As for the paving contractors, they should maintain a high level of standards when looking hire experienced paving technicians

2. Short-staffed:

Many paving companies handle multiple jobs at the same time; this is great if the company has adequate staff. However, if the company or the contractor is short on staff, it can delay the projects causing client rescheduling which means interrupting the client’s schedules and dissatisfaction.

Asking the paving contractor about how experienced and size of their staff should be on the consumer’s list of questions to ask. On the other side, the contractors should plan projects accordingly and take into account that sometimes, crews get sick, have emergencies, or just don’t show up. It will help them complete all the projects on time and avoid complaints of this kind.

3. No insurance coverage:

Consumers often complain that many paving companies do not have proper insurance coverage as stated by their local and state regulations. While the success rate of the experienced pavement contractors is pretty high, it is always a good idea for contractors to have the right insurance coverage.

The most common types of contractor insurance coverage are:

  • General liability – this covers common paving risks any damage caused by paving machinery or slip and fall.
  • Commercial Auto liability – covers third-party injuries and property damage caused by paving equipment or vehicles.
  • Workers compensation insurance – It is required by most states for businesses that have employees. This type of insurance protects employees with lost wages, medical expenses, and injury lawsuits.
  • Contractor Tools and Equipment – It helps to pay for repair or replacement of tools and equipment damaged, lost or stolen.

When the contractors have proper insurance, they can have peace of mind that if anything goes wrong with client property or third-parties, they will be covered. For the consumer, it is of utmost importance to ensure that the contractor has proper insurance coverages before they are hired.

4. Lack of communication:

If the pavement company rushes through the presentation and is more concerned with obtaining a deposit check and does not ask the right questions and listen to all concerns that the client has, it can lead to a terrible experience for both of them.

A very important job of the paving representative is to ask questions and understand the client’s concerns and brief the paving staff about what the client’s needs and wants. In addition, establishing and effective means of communication between the client and the field staff will prevent miscommunication complaints.

5. Poor quality asphalt:

When property owners hires a paving contractor for their paving project, they tend to trust the contractor blindly when it comes to asphalt quality. However, not all asphalt is the same. Contractors often use recycled material in different proportions with fresh asphalt. A high percentage of recycled content can lead to poor quality asphalt paving. This most likely will lead to a call back from the client complaining about how terrible their new driveway looks and no reputable contractor wants to receive these types of calls!

We go back to complain #4; Lack of Communication, contractors should take time to educate the prospective client on asphalt quality and how it is laid down. Advice the client that they will be taking pictures every step of the way, so that if the client has a concern later on they can show proof of the steps taken and avoiding yet, another complaint.

6. No written commitment:

It is not a very good idea to hire any type of contractor based on verbal promises. The property owner should ensure that they receive a written estimate outlining the square footage, the type of material to be used, the thickness of the materials, start and end time, pricing, and certificate of insurance. The problem with verbal commitment is that it can be difficult to keep track of the promises made. The property owner has a certain expectation and on the other hand, the asphalt paving contractor may not deliver as expected leading to conflict and complaints

The best approach for both the property owner and the paving company is to get everything in writing. It will eliminate any chance of misunderstanding or miscommunication.

7. Poor base or foundation:

As great paving job starts with a solid base or foundation. The paving contractor should take time to study the current conditions of the soil where the new asphalt paving is going to be installed. It is not a good idea to skip a step and lay asphalt on soft or clayed soil. A good stone base is critical for a long-lasting asphalt paving job.

To prevent complaints about an asphalt job that looked nice in the beginning and then when horrible in a couple of years, the contractor, should discuss the current conditions of the area where the asphalt paving is to take place and outline any additional requirements if needed.

8. Hefty down payments:

Most contractors will ask for a downpayment to secure the job and to purchase materials. A down payment of more than 50% of the estimated price should raise a red flag to the property owner. Most experienced contractors and pavement companies have a line of credit and do not need an advance or a down payment. It is a good idea for both parties to discuss the payment schedule in advance. The property owner should make full payment when fully satisfied with the work.

Large down payment requests are another common complaint. Contractors should consider that this is the first time they are doing business with a particular client and are suspicious of everyone.

9. Punctuality:

Many contractors often take up more work than they can handle. Sometimes and oftentimes, something goes wrong with one of the projects. This can cause a delay or rescheduling jobs which in turn affects other scheduled jobs. Rescheduling or delaying scheduled jobs is a cause for consumers complaining that the contractors are not punctual when it comes to starting or finishing the work

The contractors should always take into account the resources and the projects at hand before undertaking other contracts and committing the work deadlines and time-frame. They should also discuss the possibilities of delays or maybe the need of rescheduling with the client before starting the job.

10. Old paving equipment:

Any smart paving contractor looks to maximize their return in investment, meaning that they have to maximize the profits from each and every job. Sadly and often, they opt to use older and cheaper paving equipment. Some quickly realized that using this type of equipment can be more costly in the long run, by having to stop a job to perform maintenance or emergency repairs. This can have an adverse effect on the quality of the paving job, the moral of the paving technicians, and the bottom line (profits).

To properly lay asphalt, it has to be done quickly, if the equipment is old or inefficient, it can delay the installation delay, which will affect the construction quality of the pavement. Clients have every right to complain if their paving job is a delay because of equipment breakdown. It is in the best interest of the paving company to keep a well-oiled fleet to complete paving jobs in a timely manner and provide quality work.

These are some of the usual asphalt paving complains that consumers usually have about their experience with their paving contractor. With the ease of the internet, they consult the various rating web sites to check asphalt paving reviews before choosing the contractor and most likely will not choose a contractor with several complaints or bad reviews.

The contractor should be more diligent about his work, avoid situations that would lead to complaints, and deliver a high level of paving quality customer service.

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Asphalt Paving Basic Guide Wed, 23 Oct 2019 02:27:21 +0000 The post Asphalt Paving Basic Guide appeared first on Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors.


Understanding Asphalt Paving a Beguiner’s Guide

Asphalt driveways, parking lots and roads take a severe beating from motored vehicles from the day they are paved.

It’s not just the thousands or millions of vehicles that pound on them dain in and day out, but it’s also the elements. From summer heat to winter snow, sleet and rain an asphalt pavement is needed for vehicles to park and drive on while experiencing a smooth and comfortable ride, and maximizing fuel efficiency with the confidence that it will provide reliable friction for vihicle tires to stop a fast moving vehicle confidently in case of a last minute slamming of the breaks.

After more than a century of use, asphalt has become a proven solution to pave driveways, parking lots, and roads. Aside from asphalt, there are several alternatives for paving material such as gravel, clay and stone, and concrete. Each of these alternatives have individual benefits but none are as widely used as asphalt.

Asphalt is a combination of fillers, binder, and aggregate. Aggregate can be a number of different materials used alone or in combination which include crushed rock, slag, sand or gravel. The binder is then added to the aggregate to hold it together. The binder that is most commonly used in making asphalt is bitumen. Bitumen is the residue that is obtained from the distillation process of petroleum. It is thick and highly viscous. It is what gives asphalt it’s cohesive properties and dark color.

There are three kinds of asphalt that are generally used for paving.

  • Hot Mix Asphalt. As the name implies, this mix is made under the hottest conditions – between 150 to 180 degrees. For best paving results, the product must be kept at this temperature when pouring. This can make some of the toughest conditions for the asphalt crew when working with it.
  • Mild Mix Asphalt. Mild Mix is made between 130 to 150 degrees and is easier to work with. It can be poured faster without the need to have the asphalt cool. In most cases, it is a good option to use for road repairs that need the section that is being repaired and need to reopened quickly.
  • Cold Mix Asphalt that is not heated or melted but rather compressed to achieve the same result. The kind of bitumen that is used also differs. The bitumen is granular and when compressed will liquefy and coat the aggregate. That allows it to achieve its cohesiveness.

When paving roads or parking lots, asphalt paving companies have several options for asphalt mix; they can either transport their asphalt from the plant or they can construct a mobile plant to prepare the asphalt and pour it on the job site. Which they choose depends on the size of the project and the time to completion.

Why is Asphalt Preferred

There are several practical reasons for choosing asphalt. Not least among them is the fact that compared to other paving materials, asphalt is the most economical. There are two parts to asphalt economics. The first is that the recovery cost to pave the roads can be extended over a longer period. That is because asphalt roads last longer than other materials. The second element of the cost is that the roads require less maintenance over a given period of time.

Aside from the cost, there is the quality of the ride. Asphalt can be laid to provide ride comfort. Unlike other materials, especially concrete, which can be loud the have high vibration energy, asphalt can be quiet and smooth. This has a direct impact on safety. The louder the noise and vibration, the quicker drivers get tired. The longer they stay vibrant, the safer they are. Better ride quality and safety have been proven to be on asphalt roads.

It is also preferred because repair times are quick. In the event there is an accident or a section of asphalt needs to be replaced or repaired, it can be done quickly before the next high-traffic cycle. This is because asphalt does not have a cure-time. Once it is laid, it can return to service immediately.

Asphalt Paving Benefits

There are significant benefits one can derive from choosing asphalt over other materials. From an environmental perspective, there is a major recycling advantage when asphalt. All asphalt that is recovered from a site can be returned to the mill and crushed before it is used again without any degradation of quality. There are other materials that have the ability to be recycled, but most do not. The ones that can, are expensive to return to service.

The resistance to damage is less because it does not require pavement or expansion joints. Expansion joints are the crevices that are built into concrete pavements to allow for the expansion of the slab. Under the heat of the day, these slabs expand and if there are no expansion joints the two adjacent slabs will collide. This collision will result in buckling that will render the road unsafe and reduce its usability. Asphalt does not have that problem and thus does not require expansion joints. This is one of the reasons that the ride quality is significant;y better.

Another benefit of using asphalt is that it is flexible and customizable. Its flexibility allows it to be paved in tight space, around bends and corners or inclines. Its customization comes from the ability to alter the formulation of the asphalt to suit the environment that it is deployed in. Depending on the environment – whether it is constantly wet, frozen, or has heavy traffic, the formulation of the asphalt can be adjusted to provide the best outcome.

Asphalt has lower flooding issues because asphalt is porous. Unlike other surfaces, asphalt will allow water to penetrate and sink beneath the road and eventually be drained so that the pavement is dry. The crevices that are a natural feature of asphalt are at the perfect intervals that allow water to move into the crevices and dry beneath or to the side of the road while allowing the dry peaks of the asphalt to make contact with the tire’s surface.

What makes asphalt superior in addition to all the benefits mentioned above is that can be transported to the construction site in a piecemeal fashion. Unlike the slabs that have to be carried and paved, asphalt can be poured in sequence after the necessary aggregates and fillers are laid and rolled.

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How to Hire a Residential Asphalt Paving Contractor Sat, 26 Jan 2019 21:12:43 +0000 The post How to Hire a Residential Asphalt Paving Contractor appeared first on Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors.


Are you looking for a professional asphalt paving contractor in your local area?

Whether you are building a new home or commercial building or in need to repair or replace that old and damaged driveway or walkway, chances are you will need to find and hire a professional local asphalt paving contractor for your project. 

A new asphalt driveway is a long-term investment.  Adding many years of trouble free, low maintenance and trouble-free driveway, walkway, parking lot or entertainment area.

With this mind, t is very important to invest some time in researching or becoming educated in a few aspects of asphalt construction.  It is also equally important to do the same when looking to hire a reputable contractor.

Following are a few tips on finding and hiring a reliable and able asphalt paving company that will provide you with a well-constructed or repaired asphalt paving and a great experience.

Obtain Several Quotes:

Just like any home improvement project, getting several asphalt paving quotes is a must; even when you have a favorite contractor, or someone recommended by family or friend.  Having several quotes would help you in making relevant comparisons with respect to the overall paving system to be used, materials, price, and warranty.

As a courtesy, you should let each of the contractors know that you are obtaining multiple quotes from different contractors. This will alert them to put their best presentation and information for your decision-making process.

While you are making the comparisons, check for the details for which paving process they will be using, materials, warranties, references or testimonials and of course price. Keeping in mind that choosing the lowest price is not necessarily the best deal.

Contractor Reputation:

When it comes to choosing the right asphalt contractor, the contractor’s reputation should play a crucial role in your decision process.

Take some extra time checking each contractor’s reputation by checking out their website for any feedback or testimonials written by previous customers.

Check the various online rating websites and directories for their overall rating.  Keep in mind that there are clients (people) that can be very difficult and impossible to please.

So, if you have a favorite contractor and you see many good ratings with a few not so favorable, you may want to still consider them.  Having a few not so good testimonials makes them human, it is the way they handle the complaints that matter.

Various factors can be considered while deciding the reputation of a paving company or contractor.

These could be:

  1. How long have they been in the paving business.
  2. Their rate of successful job completion.
  3. Their methods of handling various disputes

Consider the Overall Experience:

While deciding upon the efficiency of an asphalt driveway contractor, the level of experience in the paving industry should be a vital consideration.

If you are considering a paving company, then you can start by analyzing the experience of the workforce including staff and the estimators.

The installation crew needs to have ample experience and know-how in asphalt paving. This would require that at least one very knowledgeable and well-trained staff or crew leader is always present during the paving process.

Scheduling the Paving Job:

The larger and more experienced paving companies would usually be able to schedule your project quickly.  However, you must consider the weather and various other factors for the installation process.

Finding, choosing and hiring the right paving contractor can be a daunting task.  But it is essential to hire a professional asphalt driveway contractor who can take up the job seriously and can offer you the best results.

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How-to and Materials for Driveway Paving Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:57:37 +0000 The post How-to and Materials for Driveway Paving appeared first on Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors.


Different Ways and Materials Used for Paving a Driveway

Many people tend to disregard their driveways or parking lots. However, what they fail to understand is that this is the first area of the property that most people notice first as they approach.

Therefore, when it comes time to install or redo a driveway, it is very important to pay close attention to its design and materials being used for its construction.

A well designed and built driveway will complement the style of the house as well as that of the surrounding landscape giving the home or building a welcoming appearance and additional value.

To enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house, the materials chosen for the paving of the driveway play an important role. The materials used would also determine the overall cost, durability as well as the future maintenance and upkeep of the driveway.

Following are some options in paving materials for the construction of that new driveway:

Exposed Aggregate:

Exposed aggregate is also known as exposed aggregate concrete.  It is considered the king of driveway material.

This type of paving material is composed of a prepared concrete slab with a top layer of decorative aggregates such as river stone, granite, quartz, limestone or other manufactured materials such as recycled colored glass, seashells, or other interesting materials.

An exposed aggregate paving job is achieved by preparing the area for a concrete base, then a concrete based is poured to a determined thickness, then a layer of preselected aggregates is loosely thrown or added to the top of the freshly poured concrete.  This thin layer of aggregates is carefully compressed into the slab.  Following, the top of the concrete is carefully washed and brushed exposing the beautiful aggregate.

The exposed aggregate driveway is highly durable and even skid-resistant. On the maintenance side, it requires little maintenance. It would just need to be resealed after a few years to retain the overall look and keep any staining away.


Concrete is a mix of cement, sand and crushed stone.  This is the most versatile material to use when paving a driveway, walkway, patio or entertainment area.

The many reasons that concrete is a preferred material is because it is very strong, durable and requires little maintenance.

In order to obtain a long-lasting concrete paved area, the projects start with a well-prepared sub-base.  This is the surface where the concrete mix will be poured on.  Depending on the area and type of soil, this base is composed of crushed stone that is compacted to make a strong base.

A well-prepared cement driveway or patio can last for a very long time, especially when it is properly sealed and maintained.

In comparison to other paving materials, concrete is a bit costly but its list of benefits can outweigh the cost difference.

If you are looking a more aesthetically pleasing look in your concrete, there are concrete dyes and overlays designed to give a concrete surface a distinct and inviting look.  Obviously, this will drive the total cost of the project a bit higher, but the result is a much more beautiful and lower maintenance surface.

Bluestone Pavers:

This is another great option for designing and creating your next driveway or patio.

Bluestone (natural stone) is a type of sandstone that can be used for the creation of extremely classy and elegant patios and driveways for your home.

The bluestone pavers come in a variety of shape and size options. This is because the bluestone can be crushed into fine gravel, left in the shapes of larger slabs or can even be cut into tiles of different shapes and intricate designs to accentuate the overall look.

The best feature of the Bluestone pavers is that it is highly durable and can be customized in the manner you would want to design your driveway.

This material can be found with a beautiful splash of color. It starts as a deep blue but tends to fade away with time to a lighter shade of gray. This happens due to constant exposure to sunlight. However, both the shades appear equally enticing.

Bluestone can also be combined with other paving materials to achieve the desired look.

Clay Brick Pavers:

This is a traditional form of paving material and has been in use since ages. The basic material used for creating the clay brick pavers is clay that is formed into different shapes and is baked in a kiln. The brick pavers are then laid out on a mortar base or sand base to give shape to the driveway. The great features of the clay brick pavers are that they are rich in color, texture, and character. Moreover, they can also be laid out in different shapes and patterns to enhance the overall look.

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Finding and Hiring a Driveway Sealcoating Contractor Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:50:29 +0000 The post Finding and Hiring a Driveway Sealcoating Contractor appeared first on Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors.


Irrespective of how big or small your asphalt driveway sealcoating project is, you would need to ensure that you have chosen the most reliable asphalt driveway sealcoating contractor for yourself. This also applies when you wish to repair your driveway or to pave the parking lot of your home. The process of asphalt driveway paving or sealcoating can be an expensive affair. Therefore, you need to ensure that you are able to get the best value of your money by investing in some reliable asphalt sealcoating contractor.

If you are in search for an effective and trustworthy asphalt driveway sealcoating contractor, then here are some considerations that you need to make.

Things To Consider When Selecting An Asphalt Driveway Sealcoating Contractor

Look Out for a Strong Reputation: You must go selecting a contractor that is recognized for top-quality work. You can hire the one that has established a good reputation due to the top-level work done in asphalt paving. Being a customer, you must be satisfied with several requirements such that you are aware of the fact that the particular contractor is reputable. Here are some considerations:

  1. Insurance certificate
  2. Listing in the yellow pages
  3. Testimonials
  4. Job images and location
  5. Guarantee or warranty
  6. Customer care support
  7. Knowledgeable and experienced workforce

When you have tested and verified these aspects about any valid asphalt driveway sealcoating contractor, then you can be assured of the reliability as well.

Obtain Multiple Proposals & Compare Them: You can try obtaining the driveway proposal from several contractors. This would assure you that all of them are offering the similar type as well as the quantity of the asphalt mix. It would help you in making a relevant comparison of the prices as well as the quality of the work. You can enhance the comparison by taking the following considerations:

  1. Are the bids able to identify the similar type of service or product that is used?
  2. What is the estimated time for the completion of work?
  3. Type of methods and equipment that would be used for the work
  4. The different rates of the contractors as per their quality of work

When you are able to make these considerations and comparisons, it becomes easier for you to determine the best asphalt driveway contractor for your home.

Ensure the Thickness of the Asphalt Layer: While hiring a relevant and legit asphalt driveway contractor, there is another vital factor. You must ensure that the overall thickness of the paving of asphalt that is agreed upon by the contractor is the average compacted thickness. The asphalt is laid out on the pavement firstly to around 2.5 inches by some paving machine. After that, it is compacted with the help of a roller to around 2 inches.

Ask for Particular WCB Number of the Contractor: Any valid asphalt driveway contractor would not hesitate in providing the proper WCB number. Therefore, to check the reliability of a particular contractor, you can ask the same out of the contractor.

You can then call up on the given WCB number to ensure that it is working and updated. If they would not have the proper WCB number, it can be a negative test. For, if during the process of pavement, someone would get hurt, then who would take the responsibility of the same. Therefore, this is an important consideration by the customer to look into security matters as well.

Visit the Pavement Sites by the Pavement Company: If you wish to experience the quality of work of the contractor in real, then you can try out visiting the pavement sites. These sites could have been prepared by the particular company itself. You can be assured of the topmost quality by checking the surface of the pavement. The surface needs to appear smooth, uniform, and should not have any puddles on top of it. When you are satisfied with the quality of the pavement with respect to its quality, you can then consider hiring the particular contractor for paving your driveway.

Insist on the Written Agreement: If possible, you must pressurize on the written agreement or contract along with the guarantee put forth by the contractor. You can also try out making a provision for retaining some amount of the final payment unless there is a complete satiation with the quality of the completed work done by the contractor.

By considering these aspects of selecting your asphalt driveway sealcoating contractor, you must be able to make the wisest decision. You must remember that it should be your responsibility to ensure that contractor is complying with the work specifications in a proper manner. You must also carefully inspect and monitor the paving work as it is done in your driveway.

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Asphalt Driveway Failure Sat, 26 Jan 2019 19:51:06 +0000 The post Asphalt Driveway Failure appeared first on Asphalt Paving Sealcoating Contractors.


Why do Asphalt Driveways Fail – How Long Do They Last?

An asphalt driveway is considered to be highly durable, convenient to use and highly clean.

It is also considered a long-term investment, giving the property owner many years of trouble-free paving on a residential or commercial setting.

Just like any type of paving material and surface, it needs to be managed and cared for carefully. Asphalt driveways call for proper maintenance along with quick repairs to ensure it serviceability for many years to come.

Considering the cost and the purpose of a well-paved asphalt driveway, we would wish that it will always retain its look and integrity forever. But unfortunately, this can not be so. Every surface or paving material will eventually break down or decay at some point. The steps we take to ensure its longevity and serviceability for a long period of time can ensure that we have many years of good paving.

Typical Lifespan of an Asphalt Paved Driveway

The asphalt paved driveways that have been installed professionally can last anywhere between eight to ten years on an average. The general wear & tear would affect the overall finish of the asphalt with the passage of time. As such, the quality of the top surface and its appearance would deteriorate as time passes away.

The paved driveway with asphalt is bound to look wonderful and flawless the first year. The dark color and the uniform ground would offer an aesthetic appeal to the paved driveway. The aging of the driveway will not show until twelve months pass by after its installation. It is, therefore, important to perform a regular check on the asphalt paved driveway to check for any signs of aging and wear & tear.

As time passes, oxidation would degrade the top surface resulting in its damage. When you are able to take preventive steps in time, you can prevent the substantial damage to the asphalt pavement. This would save up a lot of money and time as well.

Common Asphalt Pavement Failures to Know

Now that you have understood about the average lifespan of the asphalt paved driveways, you can check out for some common failures that can be experienced. Here are some:

Alligator Cracking: This failure is usually associated with the extra load on the pavement. The failure might occur due to the weakness of the surface of the pavement. Other reasons might include the weakness of the sub grade, the thinness of the base or surface, and poor drainage. The alligator cracking usually starts with the exterior path as forms of longitudinal cracking. It then ends up into alligator cracking due to excessive pressure.

The possible solution for fixing the alligator cracking is to undergo the full-depth patching due to some structural failure.

Block Cracking: The block cracks appear as large, roughly interconnected rectangular shapes. Block cracking might not be associated with excessive loads on the surface. It is generally caused due to the shrinking of the pavement. This happens as a result of the inability of the asphalt binder or surface to expand as well as to contract properly as with changing temperatures.

Block cracking could happen as the mixture was adulterated and was placed too dry on the pavement surface. The poor choice of the asphalt binder, a mixture of fine aggregate having low penetration or the aging asphalt could be the possible reasons for the occurrence of the block cracking.

The less severe block cracks can be properly sealed for preventing moisture from seeping the grade level. The denser severe block cracks can be fixed by the removal of the upper pavement layer and then replacing it with help of an overlay.

Longitudinal Cracking: This form of cracking is also referred to as linear cracking. These cracks appear parallel to asphalt pavements in the laydown or centerline direction. The cracks might occur due to the constant fatigue of the pavement, reflective cracking, poor joint construction, and much more.

The less severe linear cracks could be sealed. On the other hand, the greatly severe cracks would require the removal of the cracked top pavement layer, then replacing the same with the help of an overlay.

Transverse Cracking: These are single cracks that occur perpendicular to the centerline or the laydown direction of the pavement. These might occur due to reflective cracks from the underlying layer, poor construction, and daily temperature fluctuations.

The cracks that are less severe could be sealed for preventing moisture to go deep into the ground. The ones that are more severe can be fixed by the removal of the cracked pavement and then the replacement of the same with a layer of overlay.

Edge Cracks: These types of cracks usually traverse the edge of the pavement within one to two feet. The poor drainage system is one of the top reasons for the occurrence of the edge cracks. Dense vegetation along with heavy traffic on the pavement can also accelerate the formation of these cracks.

The first step towards fixing the edge cracks would be to remove the existing vegetation that remains close to the edge of the pavement. The drainage system should also be improved to combat any further damage of the pavement.

Joint Reflection Cracks: These cracks occur directly above the rigid joints of the pavement. These cracks do not include the reflection cracks. The joint reflection cracks usually occur in case of asphalt over concrete pavements.

In this case, the cracks of less severity can be sealed to prevent further damage. However, for the more severe cracks, the cracked pavement can be removed with the help of an overlay.

Pot Holes: The bowl-shaped diggings on the pavement might occur through the asphalt layer known as pot holes. These usually tend to have sharp edges with vertical sides on the hole’s top. The pot holes might occur due to infiltration of moisture regularly. These are usually the end result of the alligator cracking.

The pot holes can only be repaired with the process of full-depth replacement patching of the pavement. Tired of constant cracks and failures on your asphalt paved driveway? You can learn about some of the common failures that occur on the asphalt pavement of the driveways. This knowledge would help in analyzing the correct solution to the same. As a result of frequent repairs and proper maintenance, you can make your asphalt pavement of the driveway last for long.

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