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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Ellis

Restoring Smooth Surfaces: A Comprehensive Guide to Repairing Damaged Asphalt

Maintaining a smooth and well-maintained asphalt surface is essential for safety and aesthetics. Over time, however, asphalt can deteriorate due to

weather conditions, heavy traffic, or lack of regular maintenance. Fortunately, with the asphalt contractor, repairing damaged asphalt can be a manageable task. In this blog post, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide to repairing common types of asphalt damage, allowing you to restore the surface to its former glory.

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1. Assessing the Damage:

Before diving into repairs, it's crucial to assess the extent and type of damage to your asphalt. Identify cracks, potholes, or areas of

worn-out asphalt that require attention. This evaluation will help you determine the appropriate repair methods and materials.

2. Cleaning and Preparation:

Thoroughly clean the damaged area by removing debris, dirt, and loose asphalt pieces. Use a broom, pressure washer, or a combination of both to ensure a clean working surface. Additionally, remove any vegetation or weeds growing through cracks as they can contribute to further damage.

3. Repairing Cracks:

For small cracks, use a high-quality asphalt crack filler or sealant. Fill the crack completely, slightly overfilling it to compensate for shrinkage. Smooth the surface with a putty knife or trowel and allow it to cure as per the manufacturer's instructions. For larger cracks, use asphalt patching compound or cold asphalt mix to fill the gap.

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4. Fixing Potholes:

Potholes require a more extensive repair process. Start by removing loose debris and creating clean, well-defined edges around the pothole. Use a cold asphalt mix or hot asphalt to fill the hole, layering it in compacted increments until the surface is level with the surrounding area. Compact each layer thoroughly using a hand tamper or a vibrating plate compactor. Finish by applying a final layer of asphalt and compacting it to achieve a smooth finish.

5. Resurfacing:

In cases where the asphalt surface has extensive damage or wear, resurfacing may be necessary. Begin by cleaning the entire surface, removing all debris and loose material. Apply a tack coat or primer to promote adhesion between the existing surface and the new layer. Then, spread a hot asphalt mix evenly over the surface, ensuring a consistent thickness. Compact the new layer using heavy rollers or a plate compactor to achieve a smooth, level finish.

6. Regular Maintenance:

To prolong the life of your repaired asphalt surface, implement a regular maintenance plan. This includes periodic cleaning, crack sealing, and sealcoating. Regularly inspect the surface for signs of damage and address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.

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Repairing damaged asphalt is a task that can be accomplished with the right tools, materials, and a knowledgeable asphalt contractor. By assessing the damage, properly preparing the area, and using suitable repair techniques, they can restore the smoothness and functionality of your asphalt surface. Remember to perform regular maintenance to extend its lifespan and reduce the need for major repairs in the future. With these steps, you'll be well-equipped to tackle asphalt repairs and enjoy a safe and visually appealing surface for years to come.

Contact HSC Pavement Maintenance today for a free assessment of your asphalt pavement!

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