Pavement Management: Knowing When to Repair

Pavement Management Knowing When to Repair

Preventive measures may prolong the useful life of a pavement. But it reaches a point where you can’t forgo the need for paving repairs. Repairing pavement is far more affordable than replacing it. So, knowing when to conduct these repairs is crucial.

There are common signs that may indicate the need for repairs. Some, like deep potholes, are obvious because spotting them is easy. Others require a bit of skill to spot since they are subtle. Here are some clues that could help you know you need paving repairs.

1. Fading

Asphalt has a beautiful black look, especially when it’s new. As time goes by, the asphalt begins to fade. The color changes slowly from black to gray. The color change may sound like a non-issue because it only touches on the pavement’s aesthetics. That’s true, but it could also mean the pavement is weakening. Applying a sealcoat periodically on the pavement can protect it from oil, which can break down the asphalt, and other harmful things like water and oxidation.

2. Raveling

Your pavement comprises aggregates and a mixing binder. The binder holds these aggregates together, making the pavement fit for use. However, it reaches a point when the aggregates begin to disintegrate. If raveling progresses, you’ll notice that your pavement is starting to pit. The presence of loose gravel pieces on the pavement is an early warning that the pavement is raveling. Repairing it at this stage will prevent the process from continuing.

3. Drainage Issues Necessitate Paving Repairs

Consider repairing the pavement if you notice standing water on your pavement after the rain. A proper pavement should be smooth at draining water. A pavement that has defects, such as the presence of depressions, would have drainage problems. If a pavement is new but displays drainage problems, it may be because the contractor did not create enough slope for the drainage. Get a professional to help you fix the issue before it’s too late.

4. The Presence of Potholes

Potholes are an eyesore. But more than that, they are prolific at accelerating the damage to your pavement. Water seeps in through these holes, thereby weakening the pavement’s foundation. The water further weakens the binder making the asphalt loosen up faster. When you have many potholes on the road, vehicles are at a higher risk of colliding as they try to avoid these potholes or damage a tire or vehicle suspension if they hit the holes. Repair holes on your pavement as soon as they appear. The deeper a pothole, the more devastating its effects.

5. Breakaway at the Edges

Most parking lots have concrete curb and gutter around the outside which serves as a protector to the edges of the asphalt.  When the concrete starts to disintegrate, the asphalt will follow suit by beginning to break off at the edges, compromising its strength. Repair breakaway edges as soon as you spot them to protect the integrity of your pavement.

Get Better Results With Professional Help

Paving repairs are essential in extending the life and improving the functionality of a road. Timing is critical when it comes to repairs. The earlier you do it, the higher the chances of shielding your pavement from damage. Taking matters into your own hands and repairing the pavement yourself might cost you more money. With professionals like GWP, you are sure to have a partner with enough expertise to meet all your repair needs. Contact us at (678) 377-3113 today.

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