When asphalt has failed severely and cannot be adequately patched or repaired, asphalt resurfacing is often the most cost-effective long-term solution. If you are seeing interconnected cracks that form a series of blocks that resemble the skin of an alligator or you’ve noticed standing water on the pavement, it’s time to have your pavement resurfaced.
How Asphalt Resurfacing Works
Several steps are involved in resurfacing asphalt. First, the area needs to be thoroughly cleaned and prepared prior to resurfacing. Low areas in the asphalt need to be leveled, transitions must be ground off, drainage structures need to be adjusted. Many other steps may need to be taken as well, depending upon the unique needs of the location.
Once all the necessary repairs have been made and the existing asphalt has been thoroughly cleaned, a new layer of asphalt can be paved over it.
Options for asphalt resurfacing
Depending on your location and specific needs, there are several available options for asphalt resurfacing. One common option is geotextile reinforced resurfacing. With this type of resurfacing, a petroleum-based geotextile fabric is installed between the existing pavement and newly installed asphalt. This acts as a waterproofing membrane while helping to prevent cracking between the new and old pavement.
In areas where resurfaced asphalt needs to connect to existing surfaces, butt jointing/grinding is sometimes performed. To do this, we remove asphalt along the perimeter to ensure that the proper depth of asphalt is applied along the edge. Another option is transitional milling, in which an asphalt milling machine is used to remove a set amount of asphalt using a grinding process.
In low areas, we may install hot asphalt at various depths. This adjusts the pitch of the asphalt and increases the strength of parking lots.
At AllWays Paving, we offer professional asphalt resurfacing services for driveways, parking lots and roadways. To learn more about our services and how resurfacing can extend the life of your asphalt by 8 to 15 years, please do not hesitate to contact us.