Regular and effective maintenance can extend the lifespan of roads. One such preservation technique involves resurfacing.
Hot-in-place resurfacing offers an effective and quick solution when asphalt surface cracks do not extend deeply enough for milling to be viable. Special machinery heats and reprocesses asphalt in place, returning it back into service quickly and efficiently.
What Makes it Effective?
Resurfacing roads is an effective way to combat further degradation of their surfaces and extend their lifespan, as well as restore skid resistance – making roads safer for all users. There are various resurfacing methods available; it would be wise to consult an expert contractor or concrete supplier about which one best fits with your civil road project.
Surface dressing is an economical and efficient resurfacing method that involves adding a thin layer of new tarmac over existing road surfaces, with results typically visible within hours and minimal road closures required. Not only can this restore its appearance, but surface dressing can also repair minor cracking or depressions inroads as well as help prevent further damage – it has even been estimated that when correctly applied, it can extend its lifetime by up to 15 years and require less maintenance treatment than other alternatives.
Milling and resurfacing are more involved than surface dressing, typically involving the complete removal of existing road surface and replacement with an asphalt layer approximately one and a quarter inches deep – though depth could increase significantly depending on structural failures or severe rutting issues.
An expert contractor applying a resurfacing treatment can make roads safer for all. Resurfacing treatments also improve drainage, helping reduce problems related to flooding on local roads and in urban areas, and can address uneven surfaces that cause vehicle damage or increase fatigue and stress among drivers.
Maintaining roads in good condition is of vital importance to communities and businesses alike, as it promotes traffic flow and safety. Untreated roads may become susceptible to pothole formation that damages car tyres and leads to accidents; regular resurfacing and maintenance works can prevent this from occurring and even extend their expected lifespan by decades!
Resurfacing requirements of roads are ultimately determined by their owners. However, it’s essential to consider traffic volume as this will affect its wear rate and impact resurfacing frequency requirements. For example, high traffic counts typically mean thoroughfare roads need to be resurfaced more often.
What Asphalt Is Used in Road Resurfacing?
The asphalt used for the resurfacing is usually made from recycled materials, which can help reduce costs and environmental pollution. However, this material is not as durable as concrete, so it may need to be repaired more often. In addition, the texture of asphalt is less smooth than that of concrete, so it can cause a bumpy ride.
In some cases, the resurfacing will also require structural repairs. This involves milling the existing asphalt layer, filling in any areas with deep structural defects, and laying down and compacting new asphalt. This treatment typically requires extensive road closures, but it helps to extend the life of an asphalt surface and improve overall driving safety.
Another option for road resurfacing is using a material called FiberMat, which coats the road with a rubber-like material. It is a greener alternative to asphalt, and it can last for up to eighteen years, depending on traffic levels and weather conditions.