Asphalt Repair 101

asphalt repairAsphalt is a popular choice for roadways, driveways, and parking lots. It is relatively inexpensive to install and easy to repair when the inevitable repairs come up. If you have a better understanding of the different types of asphalt repair available to you, you’ll be able to feel more confident when working with your contractor to get the job done.

  • Saw cutting is the best and most common asphalt repair method. It involves cutting out the defective asphalt, stabilizing the base, and then filling in the hole with new asphalt. This method is intended for potholes and small repairs.
  • Milling is an important step in asphalt repair if the repair is being performed over a large surface area. It involves grinding down the defective area so that when you lay the new asphalt, it is flush with the existing surface, which gives better long-term results and prevents further repairs.
  • Overlaying is the most extensive type of asphalt repair. It involves laying new asphalt over the previous layer. This process may or may not involve milling out the existing layer of asphalt; that will depend on the condition of the existing asphalt. One of our asphalt contractors will be able to make a recommendation to you.
  • Seal coating is a protective barrier that can be applied to the surface of the asphalt to help reduce the amount of damage from water and the elements. It’s not a repair technique, but preventative measure to help prolong the life of the asphalt. Seal coating should be done every 1-2 years.
  • Rejuvenators are another type of protective barrier intended to help prolong the life of asphalt and prevent damage. The difference between rejuvenators and sealcoating is that rejuvenators penetrate the asphalt surface and have similar flexibility to the asphalt, so it can expand and contract with the weather patterns and prevent cracking. Rejuvenators should be applied every 3-5 years.

At AAA Top Quality Asphalt, we are equipped to handle any type of asphalt repair you need. Give us a call today for more information or a quote for your job.