You may have noticed potholes popping up in your parking lot on your property. While potholes are anything but convenient, we’re here to let you know why you should call Asphalt Pavement Solutions to come out and fix them before the bitter cold months hit. Continue reading for some quick background on how moisture can cause damage to your lot and how our solutions can help.Read More→
Now that summer is behind us, and the region is beginning to prepare for the winter ahead, asphalt maintenance companies in Camden County and the surrounding areas are beginning to schedule commercial asphalt repairs before the harsh winter weather arrives. For property owners across the Northeast, winter weather can cause a variety of problems. When it comes to your asphalt parking lots, the wet, freezing weather can lead to significant lot damage.
Asphalt Pavement Solutions is the leading asphalt maintenance company for Burlington County and the entire Philadelphia region. Give us a call today to schedule your fall asphalt maintenance and keep your lot protected from the damaging winter weather.
Although potholes are an unsightly annoyance, their impact can be more than aesthetic. People who stumble into them can injure themselves, and cars driving over them can suffer damage to their alignment, suspension or wheels. This could leave you on the wrong end of a lawsuit, and at the very least, your reputation could suffer. An aggressive stance against potholes involves fixing any that develop and being proactive about preventing them.
Fix Your Potholes with Asphalt Repair – Pothole Repair
Like many other issues, fixing potholes while they are small can save you money. Smaller potholes can often be repaired through filling or patching if the surrounding pavement and the foundation are in good condition. Larger potholes may require removing a bit of the surrounding pavement before replacing it with new asphalt. However, if the pothole has been neglected too long, large cracks may be radiating from it or alligator cracking may have occurred. The foundation may have been compromised by water penetration. These problems may require a full-depth removal of a large area of pavement and foundation repair prior to replacing the pavement.
Potholes are almost always the result of water that has seeped beneath the pavement. Water causes weak spots that can allow the pavement to droop, and as traffic passes over the weakened area, potholes can form. The normal freeze/thaw cycle will make the problem worse. Preventing water penetration is important, so you should have cracks filled as soon as they develop.
One maintenance procedure that is often overlooked is the removal of automotive fluids. These fluids are petroleum-based chemicals that will soften asphalt pavement. Traffic can destroy these softened areas, leaving a pothole. Even if a pothole does not immediately develop, the weakened area makes the area more susceptible to water penetration. Automotive fluids and other chemicals should be thoroughly cleaned on a regular schedule to prevent damage to the pavement.
Making regular sealcoating a part of your preventive maintenance can also help protect the health of your pavement. Sealcoating will not prevent automotive fluids from penetrating to the pavement, but it will slow their progress. Sealants also increase the waterproofing qualities of asphalt pavement to help prevent water infiltration.
Contact a Reputable Asphalt Professional for Help
Asphalt Pavement Solutions has over three decades of industry experience. We provide customers throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with an extensive range of asphalt-related services. Our services include asphalt paving, infrared patching, crack sealing, asphalt repair, parking lot striping, sealcoating, inlet repair and the installation of bollards, traffic signs and car stops. We are committed to delivering quality work at competitive rates. If you would like to request a free quote, you can complete the online form or call us at 1-800-559-SEAL or 1-856-461-1710.
Having your potholes repaired in a timely manner is important if you want to prevent more damage to your asphalt pavement. Different methods can be used for the repair — some of which are better than others.
What Can I Do About Potholes – Examples
• Throw and go/Throw and roll: These are both inexpensive quick fixes using cold-mix asphalt. The only difference is whether the filler is compacted (“rolled”) when applied or left for traffic to compact it. Cold-mix repairs are strictly temporary solutions to buy you a bit more time, but they are better than no repair at all. • Bandage patch: Also known as a skin patch, this method uses hot-mix asphalt to form a “bandage” over the damaged area. It is not the most attractive repair, and although it will outlast the cold-mix versions, it is not a permanent repair.
• Infrared patch: Infrared heat can be used to warm an area of asphalt so it can be easily worked. Additional asphalt is added to make the repair and worked into the surrounding pavement. This is typically the most attractive type of repair, and it is also very long-lasting. • Remove and replace: As the name implies, this involves removing the damaged asphalt and replacing it with new asphalt using techniques that are similar to a new installation, such as compacting. Since four to six inches of asphalt are typically removed, any issues with the underlying foundation can be addressed at the same time. Because this method requires the most equipment and labor, it is the most expensive — but it is also the most permanent method.
Consulting with a professional asphalt contractor is the best way to determine which method is most suitable for your needs. Contractors will evaluate things such as the current weather and the number of potholes that need to be protected. For example, if it is the rainy season and you have several potholes, it might be more advantageous to apply a quick fix to guard against further damage until conditions improve.
At Asphalt Pavement Solutions, we have been repairing potholes for more than 50 years. We are familiar with all repair methods, including the latest technologies. We are a full-service asphalt pavement company, providing new installations, asphalt crack repairs, maintenance, parking marking, sealcoating and concrete repair. Our service area includes the entire states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For a free quote, you can call (856) 461-1710, (856) 544-3990 or (800) 559-SEAL, or if you prefer, you can submit our convenient online form.
Most property owners know that it is essential to have cracks in asphalt surfaces filled promptly to prevent additional damage. To handle this task, contractors can choose between cold-pour and hot-pour crack sealants. Although either type can be used, the hot-pour variety is the more common method.
Difference Between Hot-Pour And Cold-Pour Crack Sealants
• Hot-pour sealants start out as a solid that is melted at the site until it is liquid. It is then applied hot and allowed to cool for a few minutes before applying a pavement sealer.
• Cold-pour sealants are delivered as liquids and applied straight from the package without heating. Since they are liquids, they have to cure before pavement sealer can be applied.
• Hot-pour sealants dry to a spongy, flexible solid. This pliability allows them to expand or contract as the ground freezes and thaws.
• Cold-pour sealants dry to a hard, inflexible solid. They lack the pliability to expand or contract with changing temperatures. Frequently, this lack of flexibility results in the failure of the repair as the plug can be ejected when the surrounding ground freezes.
• Hot-pour sealants bond tightly to the asphalt to which they are applied. Shrinkage is minimal.
• Cold-pour sealants have a higher shrinkage rate than hot-pour types. As they have a weaker bond to the asphalt, even a little shrinkage can cause the plug to disconnect from the asphalt.
• Hot-pour sealants are preferred by the majority of municipalities, commercial property owners and federal and state transportation agencies.
• Cold-pour sealants are normally reserved for residential driveways or emergency repairs that are intended as a stop-gap or temporary measure.
• Hot-pour sealants can be used under virtually any weather conditions that permit asphalt to be worked safely.
• Cold-pour sealants cannot be used when the temperature falls below a certain point as the colder temperatures will not allow the moisture in the sealant to evaporate properly.
An experienced paving contractor can advise you on which method is better for your particular needs. At Asphalt Pavement Solutions, we have been providing a complete range of pavement maintenance services since 1983. In addition to asphalt crack repair, we offer asphalt paving, parking lot sealcoating, pothole repair as well as pavement marking and the installation of car stops, traffic signs and bollards. Our service area includes the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For a free quote, you can use our online form to submit your information. If you prefer, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-559-SEAL or locally at (856) 544-3990 or (856) 461-1710.
Alligator cracking is a term commonly used to describe the distinctive appearance of an asphalt surface that has suffered fatigue damage. The terms crocodile cracking,” alligatored asphalt” and “crocodiling” are all used interchangeably to describe the damage as the pattern formed is reminiscent of a reptile’s scaly skin.
Alligator Cracking – What Causes It?
There are several causes of alligatored asphalt. An improper initial installation, such as applying too thin a layer of asphalt or failing to compact the base sufficiently, can cause the failure. It can also result from a surface having to bear heavier weights than it was engineered to withstand, such as a parking lot intended to bear only personal cars being subjected to heavy traffic from fully loaded tractor-trailers.
However, the most common cause of crocodiling is the failure to have the surface repaired when less significant damages occur. Asphalt surfaces need a good base to hold up to traffic. When small cracks are left untreated, they permit moisture to reach the base and sub-base. The water can erode the foundation, and freezing temperatures exacerbate the problem. The surface can no longer withstand the weight of the traffic, so the extensive cracking pattern — alligatored asphalt — occurs.
In most cases, the only long-term solution for alligatored asphalt is to remove the damaged asphalt, rebuild the foundation and install new pavement. Short-term fixes are sometimes better than nothing, but they tend to forestall the inevitable for only a brief time. If the alligatored area is too large or the damage too severe, it may not be possible even to offer a short-term solution.
Properly installed asphalt pavement can last up to 25 or 30 years if it is professionally maintained — which includes having potholes and cracks patched as soon as possible. Asphalt pavement that does not receive repairs when they are needed will have a much shorter lifespan.
The Best Time Of The Year To Complete Patchwork
Most patches are installed during the spring and summer. Winter weather can be rough on damaged pavement, especially repeated freeze/thaw cycles. By having repairs performed early, the asphalt has time to cure properly before severe weather arrives. The patch also needs time to cure before a sealant is applied.
Why Repairs are Essential
Asphalt pavement must be both strong and resilient. It relies on its foundation for proper support. When water penetrates beneath the surface through a damaged area, the water will spread and eat away at the foundation. This causes further damage to the surface, including potholes and an extensive cracking pattern commonly called “alligatoring.” Alligatored asphalt cannot be patched, so repairs are more extensive.
Asphalt contractors typically choose between two patch methods: full-depth and surface. A full-depth patch involves the removal of the damaged area as well as (normally) a section of the sub-base. New materials are then inserted. Surface patches are not as durable, but they are less costly. However, surface patches cannot be applied if the surrounding asphalt is in poor condition. With a surface patch, existing material is not removed. Instead, new asphalt is spread over the damaged area and adjacent surface.
Arranging for Asphalt Repairs
To request a free quote or discuss any of your asphalt pavement needs, call Asphalt Pavement Solutions at 856-544-3990. 856-461-1710 or toll-free at 1-800-559-SEAL. You can also submit the online form found on our website. We have been providing asphalt solutions for more than three decades to customers in the states of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Whether you need asphalt repairs, parking lot striping, sealcoating or traffic signs installed, our highly trained team members can assist you.
The amount of potholes we see this spring may be unprecedented due to the overwhelming amount of snow and ice we’ve received this winter. Municipalities and commercial property owners all over the country have already begun to speak out about the seriousness of the problem. Although a pothole may only be a few inches deep, as it progresses larger potholes can cause major problems on roads and in parking lots. For commercial property owners it’s important to begin fixing these problems as soon as possible to avoid extensive – and expensive – problems throughout 2014.
Where do potholes come from?
Potholes are most often the result of pavement fatigue, caused by the natural process of aging. After several years of exposure to weather and traffic, pavement can begin to lose it’s flexibility and resistance to water. Additionally, if proper drainage isn’t maintained throughout the surrounding property, water can be directed towards pavement and begin washing out the lower layers of its structure. If these issues aren’t addressed with proper maintenance and timely repair, cracks begin to form on the surface and allow water to seep beneath the pavement. Once this occurs the base material will be disrupted and extensive cracking will ensue. As cars and trucks drive over the damaged area, chunks of pavement will begin to come out of place. As the pavement is pulled up the pothole begins to form and will continue until it is fixed OR makes the pavement unusable.
It doesn’t have to happen
The best cure for potholes is proper maintenance and timely repair. The first step in proper preventative maintenance is asphalt sealcoating. Sealcoating a parking lot or drive within the first year after it is installed, and every 3 to 5 thereafter, will greatly increase the pavement lifespan. When cracks begin to appear it is critical that they are sealed as soon as possible to prevent water and chemicals from penetrating deep into the pavement layers. If you suspect drainage issues, be sure to fix those immediately as well.
Without question, all pavements have a finite lifespan, but proper maintenance and repair can greatly extend – and even double its service life. Not only is this good for business, but also good for your bottom line. Learn more about our cutting-edge infrared pothole repair service.
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Asphalt Pavement Solutions are professionals in asphalt repair and maintenance with over 30 years experience. If you would like to get started or have questions, please call us at 1-800-559-SEAL or fill out the Free Job Quote today.
Asphalt Pavement Solutions was established in the spring of 1983 by its current managing partner. It started out as a PT weekend residential driveway business which took hold very fast. By 1984 APS became a full-time asphalt maintenance company specializing in sealcoating, hot rubberized crack sealing and line striping.