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Common Asphalt Paving Problems and Solutions

Asphalt is one of the most recycled materials in North America. Thus, replacing asphalt won't do much ecological damage. However, repairing existing asphalt paving problems can use less energy than processing recycled asphalt.

In addition, asphalt repair is cheaper than replacement. Also, your home or business won't have to deal with construction noise. Overall, asphalt repair is usually the best choice.

However, what if you don't know how to repair your asphalt paving? Read our blog to learn about common asphalt problems and how to fix them.

A person touching a sample piece of asphalt paving

Joint Reflection Cracks

If you've ever noticed cracks in your asphalt pavement that seem to form right over the joints, you might be dealing with joint reflection cracks. These cracks can look pretty similar to other cracks nearby, but they're actually a bit different.

When it comes to fixing these cracks, there's good news: not all of them require major repairs. For smaller joint reflection cracks, you can often get by with simple patching and sealing. It's only when these cracks become extensive that you should consider more drastic measures, like replacing the pavement.

Transverse Cracks

Have you ever noticed a crack in your driveway's asphalt that seems to run horizontally across it, perpendicular to the driveway's side edges? If so, you're dealing with what we call a transverse crack. These cracks typically emerge as a result of temperature fluctuations, subpar initial paving, or underlying cracks in lower layers of the pavement.

The good news is that transverse cracks usually appear one at a time and are often not overly wide or deep. In such cases, a practical solution is to employ an asphalt crack-sealing solution to address and repair them effectively.

Alligator Cracks

Have you found a web of cracks in your road, driveway, or parking lot asphalt that looks like alligator scales? Congrats, you've found alligator cracks. These distinctive cracks often appear when heavy traffic places stress on weak or thin asphalt paving surfaces.

Unfortunately, this type of crack damage is extreme. You will need to get some heavy-duty asphalt paving equipment. You will then need to replace the alligator-cracked area with a full-depth asphalt patch and it's usually best to get an experienced asphalt contractor to do this job.

Edge Cracks

Edge cracks can look a lot like alligator cracks. Edge cracks in asphalt can sometimes be mistaken for alligator cracks, but they have distinct characteristics and require different solutions. These cracks specifically appear along the edges of asphalt roads, driveways, and similar surfaces. Try not to get them confused, as the two crack types have different needs and causes.

There are a wide variety of asphalt paving problems that can lead to edge cracks. Here's a list of them:

  • Heavy traffic

  • Drainage system issues

  • Underlying layer problems

  • Asphalt shrinkage at the edges

  • Base and/or subgrade shrinkage cracks

To fix this asphalt issue, you first need to fix the asphalt's underlying issues. This will involve fixing the drainage issues and removing excessive vegetation around the cracked asphalt edges. You should then fill the cracks and seal them.

We Provide Quality Asphalt Paving Services

Asphalt cracks can be a pain. However, you don't necessarily have to remove the asphalt where they're located. Filling up the cracks and sealing them may be enough.

Also, if you want quality asphalt paving work, hire our services. We're a professional paving company with over 60 years of experience located in Orleans and Ottawa. You can expect our results to be high-quality, within budget, and on time.

Request a free estimate from us at JND Paving Inc. by filling out this form.


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