Asphalt pavements are famous for their luxurious color, speed of installation, and smooth, quiet ride. Their longevity and economical price also contribute to their popularity throughout the state of Florida, including the Treasure Coast region. Although they are surprisingly durable, it is not at all uncommon for them to need an occasional asphalt repair, especially if preventive maintenance has not been diligently performed throughout the life of the pavement. In many cases, the best repair method is a surface, partial-depth, or full-depth asphalt patch.
What Are the Differences in the Patching Methods Used for Asphalt Repair?
The primary difference relates to how deeply the patch extends into the pavement. A surface patch, sometimes called a skin patch, is the shallowest; it is akin to placing a bandage on top of a wound. Partial-depth patches involve the removal and replacement of multiple courses of asphalt paving, but they do not go deep enough to allow your parking lot paving company to repair the pavement’s foundation. A full-depth patch involves the removal of all layers of the asphalt pavement so that the foundation can be repaired or replaced.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of the Different Patching Methods Used for Asphalt Repair?
Because skin patches are applied at or near the surface of the pavement, they normally do not require your parking lot maintenance & repair contractor to mill the pavement or saw out the damaged area. Skin patches are the cheapest method of asphalt patching, but they are considered temporary paving repairs that may not last very long before they need to be replaced. Full-depth patches are usually permanent repairs, but they require your commercial paving contractor to saw out or mill all layers of the asphalt, potentially including all or part of the foundation. Parking lot maintenance companies typically charge more for a full-depth patch than they do for either a skin or partial-depth patch. However, since a full-depth patch may never need to be replaced, they can often be the most cost-effective choice. A partial-depth patch falls between full-depth and skin patches in both cost and longevity. Most asphalt maintenance and repair contractors classify partial-depth patches as semipermanent repairs.
Are Asphalt Overlays and Cold Patches Classified as Skin, Partial-Depth, or Full-Depth Patches?
Technically, a commercial paving contractor normally does not consider either overlays or cold patches as true asphalt patching. Typically, if forced to choose a category, an asphalt maintenance contractor might classify a cold patch as a skin patch, but it is something of a gray area. Few contractors consider overlays as paving repairs. Instead, they classify overlaying or resurfacing as asphalt paving.
Let Asphalt Care Services Help You Take Care of Your Asphalt Pavement
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