OverviewIf you have a piece of asphalt pavement that is starting to show signs of wear and tear, it might be time to look into a resurfacing project. By resurfacing the asphalt pavement that you are using currently, you could potentially get many more years out of the surface without having to go through an entire replacement project. Of course, resurfacing is not going to be possible in all situations, so you will need to have the condition of your pavement closely examined before you determine how to proceed. If resurfacing does turn out to be a viable option, you can look forward to a quick project which will be less-expensive than an entire replacement – yet you will still be left with a beautiful and functional piece of asphalt.
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Why is Resurfacing Necessary?Asphalt is a durable product, and you can expect a new piece of properly installed asphalt to serve you well for many years. However, as the pavement ages, it is inevitably going to show signs of wear and tear. There are a number of reasons for issues to develop on the surface of a piece of asphalt, including the following –
- High traffic volume. When there are many cars passing over the asphalt each day, the surface is naturally going to wear out due to that volume. One such example of this kind of wear and tear would be the parking lot of a popular grocery store. As customers come and go each day, their cars are doing damage to the asphalt surface – especially in high traffic areas such as the parking stalls and the driveway across the front of the store. These kinds of parking lots may need to be resurfaced on a periodic basis simply due to the high volume that they see day in and day out.
- Heavy traffic loads. It is not the only volume that can do damage to an asphalt surface – heavy loads can do the job as well. This is often seen on roads and driveways where large trucks frequently pass by. The pavement leading up to a loading dock will usually need attention from time to time thanks to the damage that has been done by the extremely heavy trucks which frequently roll on through.
- Water damage. It is true that water is essential for life on earth, but it is also an extremely damaging substance when it is found in places where it doesn’t belong. Water that is regularly getting underneath or behind the asphalt (potentially due to cracks in the surface, or irrigation runoff) can quickly cause damage to the pavement.