There are a world of different problems that you might encounter in your road, lot, or driveway and for each one there are different blacktop repairs to be done. This time on the Sunrise Asphalt blog we’re going to dive right into it and talk about blacktop repair.
First you might be wondering, ‘Blacktop repair?’ Yeah, blacktop! You know, asphalt! Blacktop is just another term for asphalt concrete. As you might imagine we know a thing or two about this! Not every type of damage is the same, and not every repair is made equal so having the right tools and strategy for the job is going to get you the best results when it comes time to repair your blacktop. Here are the most common.
Also known as surface patching, this is the approach to take when it comes time to repair potholes (somewhat), ravelling, or depressions in the blacktop. To this kind of repair we first make sure the work area is clean and dry. Then an asphalt emulsion might be applied first, using the proper heat, elevation and compacted just right. After that has been tackled then a
new asphalt layer can be added.
If your blacktop doesn’t have a damaged base and you’re just looking at an ugly beat up, well, top, you can prolong it’s lifespan. When we do this, we’ll once again make sure the area is clean and clear of any debris or vegetation that might be trying to grow its way in. Then a new fresh layer of blacktop can be laid on top, just to the surface. Resurfacing. Get it?
Crack filling is a must for any blacktop surface – if you let cracks linger, water will eventually find its way into the surface and into the sublayers, messing up the base and more. Instead fill the crack quickly to rebuild the strength and security of the surface. Just like the others, we’ll make sure the crack is clean and clear of any debris. Then filler can be applied and compacted.
Sealing blacktop isn’t necessarily a repair per se but it is a process that supports your asphalt and keeps it in good shape for years to come. If there are any oil or grease stains currently on the asphalt then that has to be tackled first to ensure the sealcoat is binding directly to the blacktop.
Blacktop Removal and Replacement
And finally, sometimes there’s just conditions in which there’s no coming back from. Trying to crack fill here and resurface there isn’t going to cut it when the blacktop has been beaten past the point of no return. When this happens the only real option is to remove and replace it entirely! For these you need to call in the experts regardless so we’re not going to go into too much detail about the job itself, plus we’ve covered it elsewhere.
As always, preventative measures are going to be the best ones for your blacktop. If you can make sure your asphalt stays sealed, gets patched and filled as needed you won’t have to worry about whether to resurface or replace your driveway and instead just enjoy the ride!
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