Pavement is everywhere, so much so that most of us forget about it. Yet pavement needs to be cared for the same way we care for our lawns, our homes, and our vehicles. Pavement that is not cared for will eventually become damaged, and ultimately be hazardous to vehicles and even pedestrians.
What damages pavement? There are a number of things that can cause damage to pavement.
- Weather damage or oxidation – Extreme weather can break down the pavement surface, allowing a number of contaminants in.
- Poor maintenance – When damage happens, it is up to the owners of the property to get help as soon as possible. Failure to maintain property can cause damage to vehicles as well as pedestrians.
- Poor repairs – Repairs that are not completed or performed by an individual who is trained properly can cause further damage to the pavement.
- Corrosive substances – Substances such as gasoline, motor oil, coolant, chlorine, and battery acid can damage pavement by causing deterioration of the surface structure.
- Flooding – Excess water can be absorbed into pavement and create cracks as well as swelling.
- Poor drainage – Poor drainage can cause pools of standing water. Standing water can cause a breakdown of the surface of the pavement, allowing contaminants in.
No matter what the cause of the damage, pavement needs to be maintained properly and repaired immediately.
How is pavement fixed? Pavement is not perfect, so it needs to be monitored and maintained to allow the longest amount of usage possible. There are many ways to maintain or fix pavement.
- Patching – The old pavement will be cut out and a new patch of pavement will be put down.
- Overlay – A new layer of pavement mix is poured over the old pavement, heated, rolled, cooled, and then cured to create the new, firm pavement cover.
- Sealcoating – This creates a top layer to protect pavement against all elements: human, vehicle, and weather.
- Full-depth reclamation – Through a number of steps of milling, mixing, grading, and compacting, the surface of the pavement is altered and reapplied for a stronger pavement base.
- Geotextile fabric – This helps to create a barrier for the pavement from elements as well as reduce cracking and water absorption.
- Modified concrete base – This helps the pavement rid itself of imperfections due to the addition of concrete into the asphalt base.
- Infrared patching – This temporary fix heats the pavement to workable levels, letting it be repaired or added to when necessary.
Pavement is vital to our communities, businesses, and transportation needs. Without proper care, pavements will cause damage to vehicles, homes, and possibly even pedestrians. Business owners especially need to monitor what is happening to the pavement around them.
Figuring out what type of pavement modification or repair you need is as close as a phone call away. If you think you need repairs to parking lot damage, contact the professionals at Dyke’s Paving.