Types of Asphalt Repairs and Maintenance | Asphalt Paving Company, Wichita, Kansas

Asphalt is widely used for residential, commercial and industrial projects because it is a long-lasting, economical material. However, asphalt can begin to degrade over time due to natural elements, oil leaks from vehicles, de-icing materials, traffic and more. Encore Pavement, a full-service asphalt paving company in Wichita, Kansas, explains the types of asphalt failure repairs and recommended maintenance.

Asphalt Repairs and Maintenance

As asphalt molecules break down, so do many of the original benefits, such as flexibility, waterproofing and strength. An asphalt color change from black to gray is the first visible sign of molecule break down, which is called oxidation and is caused by weather and sunlight. After the visual change in color, the asphalt becomes vulnerable to deterioration from the effects of moisture, oil leaks from vehicles, de-icing materials, traffic and freeze-thaw cycles.

  • Surface Failure Repair

    If the asphalt has started to turn gray as the result of oxidation and it has small cracks, an experienced asphalt paving company in Wichita, like Encore Pavement, may determine that only surface failures have occurred. Surface failures can be repaired by milling off the top lift of asphalt and placing new asphalt in the area removed.

  • Base Failure Repair

    If small cracks are left unsealed for long, water will seep into the base and damage the asphalt’s load-bearing capacity, ultimately causing alligatoring, rutting and overall asphalt failure. Before long, asphalt may become riddled with cracks, potholes and drainage issues that are likely beyond an inexpensive repair.

    “If there is any evident base failure in the asphalt, we will completely remove the area down to the base, re-compact the underlying base material and install a completely new asphalt patch,” said Andy Waller, partner and CEO of Encore Pavement.

  • Ongoing Maintenance

    Along with routine inspections and repairs, it is recommended that sealcoat is applied to new asphalt approximately 12 months after the initial installation and again on a regular basis every 36-48 months. Maintaining asphalt with sealcoat is a small expense that secures nearly a 300 percent increase in asphalt life.

Contact Encore Pavement

Encore Pavement is the asphalt paving company in Wichita that property managers and business owners choose to maintain their properties and ensure all related decisions make the best sense financially. Contact us at (316) 677-8000 to request complimentary asphalt repair recommendations and a professional estimate.

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