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Pavement wears down over time due to constant exposure to the elements and lots of traffic. This can lead to all sorts of damage that requires your attention as the years pass. To help you deal with this, we look at how to solve the most common issues that appear with regular wear and tear on your pavement.
Sometimes your pavement will have interlocking and connected fractures running throughout it. This is alligator cracking. It means that the pavement likely needs a replacement. Also, you may need to strengthen the base. However, you can repair it with filling if you catch it early, though this is far more difficult in most cases.
A longitudinal crack is parallel to the centerline of the pavement. This is normally from soil movement or temperature wear over time and can result in more damage if you leave it for too long. If the crack is very small, you can use asphalt crack repair equipment to fix it with filling. A larger one may need resurfacing or replacement to get back in shape.
Potholes are among the worst things you can have on your pavement, as they can be very dangerous for people. Additionally, they get worse and worse with time. These holes form when you don’t properly maintain and fix your small cracks, allowing them to grow into big potholes. In most cases, patching is enough to cover the pothole so that it won’t be a problem in the future. Big potholes may require full resurfacing or reinstallation of the pavement if the damage is too widespread.
As long as you’re keeping up with repairs and maintenance for your pavement, you can deal with these common issues relatively easily. You can mitigate their likelihood before they even happen too.
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