Asphalt surfaces tend to only last between 8 to 12 years, depending on traffic and weather conditions. This means that simply patching up the asphalt will not be a sustainable solution; the entire asphalt surface needs to be replaced. But just what does asphalt resurfacing involve?
The Steps of Asphalt Resurfacing
Resurfacing an asphalt roadway involves several steps. You may not realize it when driving by a construction zone, but every worker is carefully making sure that the road moves through each step of the process smoothly. When you see a road getting resurfaced, it’s going through a series of changes:
- Before work on the roadway even begins, any utilities in the way must be lowered so that they won’t be damaged when the old road is removed by the milling machines.
- Now that the utilities are safely out of the way, the road is cleared of debris and signs and cones are erected to direct traffic through a safe route.
- The milling machine works its way over the road, removing the old pavement as it goes.
- The utilities are now raised back to their original heights so that they will be flush with the brand new asphalt surface that is about to be laid.
- A tack coat is applied to the milled surface of the road. This acts as a binding agent to securely fasten the new asphalt to the road.
- Finally, the fresh asphalt is applied to the surface. A brand new roadway will always be made with hot mix asphalt or possibly warm mix asphalt.
- The final touches are put on the new road, including pavement striping and reflectors.
That’s the whole process, from start to finish! It’s much more thorough than simply filling a pothole or fixing a crack. And now your roadway will last for another 8 to 12 years!
Asphalt Resurfacing from Reliable Contracting
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