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Knowing Your Options for Fighting Pavement Deterioration

Without maintenance, asphalt pavements deteriorate quickly (see our post on the cost of deferring pavement maintenance). The good news is that you don’t have to fight pavement deterioration empty handed.


Here’s a quick look at some of the maintenance options available to help you maximize the life and functionality of your pavement:

Striping & Markings – Parking lines, directional arrows, or other pavement markings are important for proper traffic flow. Refreshing faded paint or marking them for the first time can help restore balance to a parking lot or other paved surface.

Crack Fill – Crack filler is an elastic material used to seal joints or cracks in the pavement to inhibit water from penetrating into the subgrade.

Patching – There are two types of patching based on the level of deterioration or problem: skin patching and R&R patching. A skin patch involves placing a new layer on top of asphalt, while an R&R patch means removing the poor pavement layer and replacing it with new material.

Seal Coating – This asphalt emulsion-based coating contains anti-oxidation additives, which help minimize raveling and shield against moisture and the elements.

Slurry Seal – Slurry seal is similar to a seal coat, but is thicker due to additional aggregates and additives. It penetrates small surface imperfections and adds a new wearing surface to severely worn and rough surfaces.

Micro Surfacing – This cold-mix expansion of slurry seal contains higher quality materials and fast-setting chemicals for a quick cure time and a durable, skid-resistant wearing surface.

Asphalt Overlay/Fabric Overlay – Overlays give new life to pavement by laying new material on existing surfaces – typically between 1½ - 2 inches thick. Fabric material may be added to help reduce reflective cracking and provide a greater moisture barrier between the new and old surface.

Removal and Replacement – For severely damaged asphalt, sometimes the only solution is complete removal and replacement. This solution is necessary for pavement with subgrade deficiency or when other maintenance options aren’t feasible.

Many of these maintenance options are designed to be used in conjunction with each other. After all, if you place new asphalt over an existing parking lot, chances are you’re going to need to restripe new stall lines.

An asphalt professional can help identify the right solutions for your current pavement problem. But by knowing what options are available, you’ll have a more educated role in your maintenance decision.

ACE Asphalt is a full service asphalt maintenance, repair, and paving company with offices in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dallas,Texas. Ace serves the parking lot repair, maintenance, and paving needs of property managers, building owners, and contractors.

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