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What is Asphalt?

Asphalt is used for paving roads, parking lots and walkways.

Asphalt is a mixture of stone, gravel, sand, and bitumen. A sticky, black form of petroleum holds the mixture together.

Why Does Asphalt Crack?

Asphalt is more flexible than concrete, but requires more maintenance.

Mother Nature takes a toll on asphalt.

If the surface does not drain properly, water gets into the gravel base and produces cracking during freeze and thaw periods. As the surface ages, you may notice them cracking or developing potholes.

Surfaces sometime “alligator” — the sealcoat glaze cracks and looks similar to alligator scales or pottery. Alligator cracks are mostly cosmetic and do not affect the structural integrity of the surface.

Stripes does every part of asphalt repair

Pothole Repair

Asphalt surfaces do not remain smooth forever. The forces of nature break them down. Unless your surface is adequately maintained, potholes and cracks will appear.

Properly repairing potholes needs good compaction. The better the compaction, the better the repair. We fully compact the hole, then add a crown for additional compaction.

Catch Basin Repair

Catch basins are important for your sewer drain system. Catch basins stop debris from getting stuck and clogging the pipes. The opening connects to a pipe covered with a grating. The grating catches large pieces of debris. Smaller pieces flow through the grate and stay at the bottom. Standard catch basins are built with cement blocks, while older catch basins can be bricks and cement.

Common problems include:

  • Catch basin is sinking
  • Catch basin too high
  • Broken asphalt or potholes around the catch basin
  • Broken grates or frame

Stripes has experience to complete this important projects.

Asphalt Patch

Over time your asphalt surface will deteriorate as the stones start breaking loose. This is especially true when the surface is not sealcoated.

Stripes makes a great asphalt patch in certain steps:

  • Cleaning the surface. Removing all debris, stones and pieces of soil
  • Cutting a “square” or asphalt around the broken or worn surface and remove the pieces of broken or worn asphalt
  • Removing old asphalt from that worn area
  • Laying fresh asphalt in the square, smoothing and covering the surface
  • Tamping and compacting the freshly repaired surface

Resurfacing Asphalt

Resurfacing asphalt means laying a new layer of asphalt over the surface.

We take a thorough approach to resurfacing by:

  • Cleaning the surface
  • Repairing by filling in cracks and potholes
  • Adding a layer of asphalt

Resurfacing corrects structural damage. It usually adds 1 to 2 inches of asphalt.

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