5 Reasons To Schedule An Asphalt Inspection

Having a professional look at your asphalt paving can help you catch issues when they are still repairable. If you have noticed any of the following problems, it is time to schedule a repair inspection.

1. Small Cracks

Small cracks may not seem like a big deal, especially if they aren't very noticeable. Over time, though, these cracks can widen and become much more severe. Small cracks are often just a side effect of natural settling and aging, but sometimes they may indicate an issue with the base or the material strength. An inspection will determine the cause so that the best repair strategy can be determined.

2. Potholes

Potholes should never be ignored. Even the smallest divot can quickly become a gaping hole. Once the pothole is deep enough to penetrate into the base, a successful repair can become much more challenging. An asphalt pro can inspect the hole depth and cause, and determine whether patching alone is sufficient or if drainage needs to be installed to prevent further pothole formation in the future.

3. Loose Gravel

Loose gravel on the surface of the paving is known as graveling. Asphalt consists of gravel held together with tar. Over time, the tar wears away and shrinks, which causes gravel on the surface to come loose. Graveling doesn't necessarily mean that you need new paving. If an inspection determines that the asphalt is still strong, your contractor may instead recommend resurfacing the old asphalt with a new layer. This extends the life of the paved area.

4. Water Absorption

Asphalt is porous, but it is usually sealed so that it doesn't absorb too much moisture and degrade. Over time, however, that seal can fail. When this happens, you will need to have a new seal painted over the asphalt. Your inspector will determine whether sealing is necessary and they will also make any small repairs prior to sealing. Sealing not only protects the paving, but it also refreshes its color and camouflages light stains. Your paving will be both protected and it will look nearly new again.

5. Sunken Areas

Sinking can be a sign of a major issue with your paving. An inspection is needed to see if the area can be patched, or if the base has suffered damage. In some cases, it may be necessary to install better drainage to prevent sinking from occurring again in the future.

Contact an asphalt paving service if you notice any of these issues with your paving.