Paving – Getting Started & Next Steps

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Basic Guidelines for Asphalt Repair For many years, asphalt has been used in paving parking lots and driveways. Unlike other materials like concrete, asphalt is very durable and cheap. That said, asphalt also has its challenges, and it tends to break and crack under some weather conditions. If this happens to your driveway, you are advised to repair it before it gets worse. When beginning to repair your asphalt driveway, you need first to clean the area that needs to be worked on. Consequently, one has to remove all weeds and grasses growing on the pavement. This is easy since you can either pull the weeds out or apply weed killer on the pavement. If it there is a pothole in the area where you are repairing, be sure to get rid of any loose asphalt because it might get in the way of your repair. Saw cutting the perimeter around the area to be repaired is important so as to separate it from the rest of the pavement. All the debris must then be removed to ensure that the area under repair is clean. This gives way for the formatin of a good foundation for the base material to be laid. You will then need to compact the material used for foundation by crashing it. Once the base is compact, you can then apply tack coat to ensure adhesion between the new paving and the base material. It is absolutely important to ensure that these each of the steps is followed to ensure regardless of whether you are making the repair one your own or with the help of a professional. Failure to do so will only create a weak repair that may not last very long.
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The asphalt is then applied once the area under repair is properly prepared. The paving material should spread on the same depth as the existing pavement. This is to ensure uniformity in the pavement. Once the pothole or damaged area is repaired, it is advisable to put some seal coating on your driveway so as to increase the resistance of the asphalt. Both water and the UV rays damage asphalt but the seal coating protects the pavement from these elements. Since weight is also a factor that damages asphalt, seal coating is applied to increase the endurance of the pavement. Since the surface is very smooth, there is less friction which means that the tear and wear effect is reduced.
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The final aspect of the repair is to ensure that you properly stripe your parking lot or driveway. Parking lot striping will ensure that your parking lot is neat and organized. Lastly, you have to understand that doing the repair yourself and engaging the services of a professional will not yield the same results. If a professional does your repair work, you may only need to do the repairs every 3 to 4 years, but if you do it yourself, the pavement may require more repairs.