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Weather conditions, moisture, sunlight, foot traffic, oxidation, and car traffic all contribute to the slow deterioration of asphalt. Although sealcoating and other regular maintenance can help extend the life of your asphalt’s life, the surface will likely need repair in time. We offer repair and maintenance solutions that last longer than what other commercial paving contractors provide, including:
Asphalt is a trendy choice due to its multiple uses and durability. However, over time, issues can come up that will create the need for repair. Common problems include:
When asphalt is repeatedly exposed to water, rain, and floods, the bitumen can harden, and the surface will begin to erode. Extensive erosion can cause deep cracks and compromise the integrity of the asphalt and the ground underneath.
Asphalt paving services are vulnerable to sunlight or UV damage. Although sealcoating can help prevent UV damage, if the coating is not maintained, a chemical reaction can occur that reduces the binding of the surface. This breakdown can lead to cracking, webbing, and other forms of damage.
Alligator, or fatigue cracking, is a series of interconnecting cracks in the asphalt that is caused by the weight of repeated vehicle traffic. Resembling a spider web, this asphalt damage can also be caused by poorly prepared or weak subsurfaces.
Unlike alligator cracking, block cracking is typically caused by the asphalt surface’s repeated variation of temperature and shrinkage. Block cracking usually indicates a significant hardening of the asphalt and occurs over a large portion of the paved area.
Raveling refers to the disintegration of an asphalt surface. It is caused by the dislodgment of the gravel or sand and reduces skid resistance, roughens the surface of the lot or road, and exposes lower layers of asphalt, furthering the deterioration.
Even in normal conditions, asphalt deterioration can take place after 3 to 5 years of the surface’s installation, with parking lot asphalt repair having a shorter timeline. Asphalt can turn gray, become brittle, and crack, leading to many of the issues above.
It is never a good idea to let your asphalt go for any length of time without proper maintenance or care. Although it is a very resistant material, it is not completely unsusceptible to damage and can require professional asphalt repair. Day-to-day traffic will eventually take its toll, eventually needing repairs or even the complete replacement and new paving of your asphalt.
The following are common indicators that your asphalt may require repair:
If you are looking for high-quality asphalt repair in El Paso, call Ricks Paving and Sealing experts. We use the latest equipment and our years of experience in the asphalt business to ensure our customers will always be completely satisfied with our work.