Construction and Maintenance

How To Prepare For Pavement For Resurfacing

Pavement can create a smooth and uniform surface in places like parking lots, walkways, and driveways. For many businesses, life without pavement can be unimaginable. But over time, the pavement begins to wear down and the surface oxidizes. Hairline cracks can begin to form. While these may not seem like a problem right away, as water makes its way into the cracks, it can result in larger, long term problems that may require a complete removal and re-pavement of an area. The most cost effective solution comes in the form of Resurfacing.

Preparing the pavement for Resurfacing is one of the most important parts of the entire process. When done correctly, it provides an ideal base for the asphalt overlay. To start, the surface needs to be cleaned. The less debris located along the top of the area, the better. While smaller areas can be cleaned with a simple broom, large parking areas or long roads need professional equipment that works to remove all of the lose debris from the top layer of the pavement. When cleaning pavement in a driveway, homeowners often wet the pavement and add detergent in order to remove stains. Because a whole new layer is going to be placed on top of the current pavement, there is no need to worry about stains.

If there are any areas that are low, they need to be brought up to the same height as the surrounding area before adding more asphalt. Any areas that are showing indentations need to be filled in order to get the smoothest surface possible when the task is complete. Transitions need to be ground down and the entire area needs to be reexamined for drainage concerns. Ideally, the less standing water on the pavement, the better. Once the new layer of pavement is laid, is needs to cool before any type of traffic should be allowed on the surface. From there, lines for parking spots or markings to separate two sides of a road can be created.

Adding a new surface to a pavement can do more than just create a smoother texture. It also adds to the appearance of the area. If you are ready to have pavement resurfaced or you want to learn how to take better care of the pavement you have, contact A1 Pavement Maintenance. You can also like them on Facebook for more information.

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