All pavement will eventually deteriorate and not be as strong as it once was. If you do proper maintenance then this will happen later rather than sooner, but if you don’t then it will happen sooner than later. Throughout its lifetime, the asphalt binder which holds all the aggregates together begins to weaken. As oxygen leaves the binder it becomes dryer and less flexible and less able to hold the aggregates together. Maintenance in the form of sealcoating allows the binder to be protected and not give out as quickly. If you are interested in learning more about sealcoating visit our page on sealcoating.
But if you are getting to the point where your asphalt needs to have a new layer so that it can be returned to the pristine blacktop you loved at the beginning, you’ll need to get a consultation of how to best – and most economically – restore your asphalt pavement. One of the options you may consider is an overlay. One of the biggest issues when considering doing an overlay is the issue of cracks in the previous pavement. Paving over a cracked asphalt pavement will cause you more trouble sooner than later. The cracks from the previous pavement will be an uneven surface for the new asphalt overlay causing reflective cracking, which is cracking that comes up to the new layer of paving from the old layer. Then your back to where you started.
Permaflex solves this solution by wedging into the cracks and sealing them up. Permaflex helps to create a good foundation for a new layer of asphalt. The cracks are filled in so they will not cause damage to the new layer of asphalt and the Permaflex allows the old asphalt paving to be a solid subbase for the new overly.
Prior to using Permaflex it is important to make sure that the underlying asphalt is solid. Repairs may need to be done in order to make sure that further cracks will not happen due to uneven grounding that may have shifted after asphalt was laid or that any potholes are fixed up.
If you have any questions or would like a consultation on your pavement then give us a call and we can give you a free consultation on the best option for your asphalt pavement.