Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

Signs Your Asphalt Surface May Benefit From A Mill And Overlay Technique

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If you own a commercial parking lot or any other commercial asphalt surface, you should know what a mill and overlay technique is. A mill and overlay technique utilizes a milling machine, which removes the top layer of asphalt from your asphalt surface. Typically, it removes about one to two inches. From there, a new layer of asphalt is added on top of your existing asphalt surface. This helps to give you a new upper layer of asphalt, without the cost involved with removing the entire asphalt surface. Here are a few of the signs that your surface may benefit from a mill and overlay technique. 

Your Asphalt Surface Has Surface Level Cracks On It

One of the signs that your asphalt surface may benefit from a mill and overlay technique is that your asphalt surface has surface level cracks on it. If you have deep cracks or potholes, a mill and overlay technique will not work. However, if the cracks are surface level cracks and are not very deep, removing the top most layer of your asphalt surface can remove the cracks and replace it with a new layer of asphalt. This is perfect for asphalt that has cracked due to sun exposure or heavy wear. 

The Asphalt Surface Is Experiencing Raveling

Another sign that your asphalt surface may benefit from a mill and overlay technique is that your asphalt surface is experiencing raveling. Raveling means that the surface is deteriorating, and you may start to see the asphalt break down into a gravel-like mixture. If you start to see that the top of your asphalt surface looks sandy or rocky, it is likely experiencing raveling. 

Your Asphalt Surface Is Not Draining Properly

The final sign that your asphalt surface may benefit from a mill and overlay technique is that your asphalt surface is not draining properly. Your asphalt surface should be sloped so water drains off of the surface and into a gutter or drainage system. As your asphalt ages, the slope may wear out and puddles may form on your surface. Removing the top layer and laying down new asphalt can restore the slope in your surface, helping water to drain properly. 

If your asphalt surface is cracking, showing signs or wear or damaged, you should get in touch with a commercial paving company. They can take a look at your asphalt surface and help you determine the best way to repair the asphalt surface, which may include a mill and overlay technique. Contact a commercial paving company today to get started. 

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30 September 2019