Asphalt is a popular paving option thanks to its durability, versatility, and clean appearance. Yet over time, exposure to the elements can cause asphalt paving to experience wear and tear. Fortunately, knowing what to look for can help you better care for your investment.
5 Potential Issues With Asphalt Paving
Potholes are holes that develop on the surface of the asphalt when moisture that has seeped underneath repeatedly freezes and thaws. Having sealcoating applied every three to five years and scheduling asphalt repair as soon as you notice issues will help prevent potholes from forming.
Depressions often develop before potholes and are a sign of moisture intrusion. These divots in the pavement are most noticeable after precipitation, as water will accumulate in them, forming puddles. A weakened foundation may cause the issue, but minor depressions can typically be remedied with surface patches.
3. Crescent-Shaped Cracking
Also referred to as slippage cracking, crescent-shaped cracks may spread across your pavement if low-quality bonding materials were applied beneath the uppermost surface. If the issue is widespread, the asphalt will likely need to be removed and replaced.
Raveling occurs when the stone base of the paved area pulls apart from the asphalt. Typically, the surface will take on an uneven, rough texture. Raveling is often the result of paving during poor weather conditions, as extreme temperatures or moisture can prevent the asphalt from solidifying properly.
5. Alligator Cracking
This particular issue gets its name from its appearance, which resembles reptile skin. The small, widespread cracks occur when the surface is exposed to loads that are too heavy for it to bear. Alligator cracking can also occur if the lot has improper drainage or the surface is too thin.
The issues listed above can be avoided by working with an experienced paving company that uses high-quality tools and materials. Homeowners and businesses throughout Hartford County, CT, choose Guarco Construction when they need asphalt paving services. This team has served the community since 1974 and specializes in paving and resurfacing projects. Find out more online or call (860) 278-5558 to request an estimate.