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As a naturally durable and flexible material, asphalt can withstand time and the elements better than other common types of pavement. But like everything else, it will start to deteriorate after long periods of regular use. The best way to maintain your asphalt pavement and ensure its longevity is to repair these tiny cracks and distortions before they can transform into something larger. The type of repair method you'll need to use depends on the type and severity of the damage. Pavement with extensive damage will require techniques such as removal, replacement, or resurfacing, while minor damage might only need to be patched. In this guide, we'll explain what the different types of asphalt repair techniques are and how they work.
If a large portion of your pavement is suffering from extensive damage, milling and resurfacing is one of the most effective and cost-friendly options for repair. During the milling and resurfacing process, the asphalt is removed and finely ground. These gravel-like pieces are then used to create a new, stronger aggregate that's used to resurface or repave the pavement. This leaves you with beautiful, sturdy pavement that will last a long time with the proper maintenance.
Patching is another one of the different types of asphalt repair techniques. If there are minor cracks and holes in the pavement, patching is a simple, affordable, and temporary way to mend them. This type of repair, referred to as either asphalt patching or surface patching, is designed as a speedy way to prevent minor damage from worsening and restore the aesthetic look of your pavement. It's effective short-term, but keep in mind that it’s a nonpermanent solution. You'll eventually need to invest in a more permanent repair method.
This is one of the more in-depth methods of pavement repair. Removal and replacement, also known as the peel and pave, involves removing several layers of the pavement until the damage is completely extracted. The asphalt that's extracted is saved and used to make a new aggregate, which is what replaces the old, damaged pavement. This process is more labor and cost-intensive than other forms of repair, but removal and replacement also happens to be the most effective way to extend the lifespan of your asphalt and mitigate future repairs. It’s also great at preventing and repairing reflective cracking, a type of damage that’s caused by repeated stress on a specific portion of the pavement.
If you’re looking for effective asphalt repair products, come check out NAC Supply’s selection of shovels, rakes, compactors, and more today! We have everything you need to maintain your asphalt pavement.
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