In New England we are exposed to some of the countries widest range of weather conditions. This climate that we experience year after year can be very detrimental to the infrastructure of not only our state, public highways and bridges but also locally in regards to our existing parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. E.J. Paving is willing and able to set up an asphalt maintenance program to help benefit the needs of your property. Our company has the equipment, manpower, and availability to repair and maintain your property all year round. We are your one stop shop for all asphalt maintenance repairs and no job is ever too big or too small for our crews.
Asphalt patching is a very common and inexpensive repair for damaged pavement that consists of potholes or very deep depressions. Water is allowed to seep into the cracks causing them to expand and deteriorate forming a large hole or depression typically known as a pothole. In some cases water can get in between the existing pavement and subgrade through expanding and contracting. Due to this, a void will be established causing the pavement to heave or to settle into a depression. This depression can be small or large and depending on the size will determine which type of asphalt patching will be recommended.
Water flowing into open cracks of existing pavement into the sub base leads to pavement deterioration or failure. This can be identified rather early by multiple cracks in one area (alligatoring) or loose aggregate commonly known as raveling. These open cracks are the beginning of potential potholes or complete failure of the pavement. If open cracks are not maintained the quality of your pavement surface will begin to fail leading to costly repairs or even total pavement replacement. Crack sealing will stop water from penetrating cracks and going into the subgrade. Application of a hot fiber reinforced rubberized crack sealer will prevent water penetration and will also prolong the life of the pavement.
Over time pavement can experience a lot of changes due to natural and man made factors. Oxidation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a sign of fatigue. The pavement will start to turn a lighter grey color from this and if not treated can eventually lead to a complete pavement failure. Man made factors such as deicers, gasoline, and oil droppings can also cause damage to paved surfaces. Sealcoating is a preventative maintenance process that should be applied before these damaging elements are allowed a chance to affect your pavement. Application of a rubberized coal tar emulsion (sealcoat) is the most cost effective maintenance procedure available. Sealcoating the pavement will double the life expectancy by shielding the pavement from the destructive conditions mentioned above. Silica sand is added to the sealer to provide a heavier more durable surface, which also adds to the longevity of the sealcoat. These programs can be set up for minimum cost but can save you from very expensive costs on future capital repairs.
Similar to sealcoating, re-striping of lines, parking lot stalls, speed tables, and traffic patterns are an essential yet inexpensive part of asphalt maintenance. The sun’s ultraviolet rays will oxidize and break down striping causing the stripes to fade. Line striping of new and existing pavement is a small but critical aspect for any property’s asphalt maintenance.