Pothole repair and asphalt crack sealing is a must-do when it comes to your pavement. Address these important issues as soon as they are found to prevent potholes and cracks. Because this is so important, customers can rest assured that we properly repair the problem.
Properly assessing the damage and the immediate surrounding area is the first step of the repair process. The damaged area is prepped and cleaned, and the correct type of patch is applied. Read on below to learn more about asphalt crack fill and pothole repair Colorado Springs.
Asphalt crack fill is an essential ongoing maintenance item that should be performed as soon as they are found. This will prevent unwanted water migration and the potholes they cause.
Crack fill may be done by either cold or hot fill material. Generally, hot rubberized is considered to be a more efficient method. The material, which has rubber resins contained within, is heated to 375 degrees. Finally, it is carefully applied into the crack via a specialized wand or a mobile crack melter. This melts and dispenses the materials as the machine moves.
Asphalt Crack Fill
Proper asphalt crack fill / repair involves identifying the type of crack, its depth, width and the condition of the adjacent asphalt. The crack should be cleaned and free of debris and any vegetation that may have taken root and grown through.
If the crack dimensions are 1″x1″ or less, rubberized crack sealers are the answer. However, should the crack(ing) more resemble chicken wire, then a special, engineered materials may be applied as long as the pieces of asphalt to be treated are not loose or moving. If the pieces of asphalt are loose, that section of pavement should be replaced. It may be repaired using infrared heating and some additional new material, if the damage is not too severe.
In addition to commercial asphalt services, residential asphalt driveway repair and driveway sealer are smart investments for all homeowners.
The illustration below accurately depicts the migration of water through the surface cracks and into the underlying sub-base. Water within the surface cracks can freeze further widening the crack. Water that migrates under the pavement swells as when it freezes forming an ice pocket. As temperatures rise, the ice melts leaving a cave-like void that when driven over collapses and leaves a pothole.
Pothole repair is essential to provide a safe and welcoming business. Cracks in the pavement WILL CREATE POTHOLES and will continue to grow in size until repaired. Proper repair of a pothole typically requires removing the the damaged section to the underlying sub-base, “under” cutting the adjacent pavement (to create a Bell shape), applying a ‘tack’ coat to the surrounding edges and finally replacing the removed material in 2″ lifts while tamping the material.
Smaller potholes that do not penetrate to the base materials, may be repaired without full removal as long as proper cleaning, tack coat and proper layering is performed.
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