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Maintain Drainage and Pavement Quality With Proper Excavation

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If you’re planning a commercial paving project, choosing a paving company with the right excavation expertise is essential. A residential paving project may also require excavating services, depending on the requirements. Adding pavement to your property will affect drainage, which may require digging new trench drains or ditches.

Proper Excavation is the Key to Successful Commercial Paving

Paving services for commercial projects are often selected based on price, but we believe you should consider the long-term value of getting the job done right the first time. Existing pavement may have structural issues because the site was never prepared properly, and it may benefit you to have it completely dug up and done again. Your paving company must take into account the subbase and subsoil conditions when paving, and proper drainage is critical to making your pavement last.

 

Improper grading may also make water flow in unwanted directions, damage vehicles by directing them into steep approach angles, and restrict visibility. If your parking lot is excessively uneven or steep, excavation and filling can make it more level. 

 

A freshly paved and striped parking lot improves the appearance of your business and maximizes your traffic flow and parking capabilities. Your visitors, clients, and employees are safer when the pavement is smooth. Stop lines and crosswalks that are clearly marked also contribute to safety and good traffic flow.

 

Residential Paving May Also Require Some Digging 

A residential paving job may be smaller in scale and lower in traffic, but that doesn’t mean you can take it lightly. Heavy trucks will drive on the pavement from time to time, such as delivery vans and moving vans. Pavement should be rated for the maximum weight that you anticipate driving on the property. 

 

Weather and drainage also play as much of a role in damaging asphalt as the weight of traffic. Drainage on residential lots is sometimes inadequate even before paving is done. Creating channels for rainwater to move away from parking and driveways is necessary to avoid damage to buildings such as your home.

 

Excavation will ensure that rainwater is directed away from buildings on your lot. If you pave a pool deck, for example, drainage around your house is affected. Excavating a trench drain can save your house from severe water damage that can occur even with relatively minor rainfall. 

 

Commercial paving and residential paving increase the value, curb appeal, and usefulness of your property. Paying proper attention to the excavation needs of your project will ensure that you don’t have drainage problems and the new pavement has a long life.

What Causes Asphalt Paving to Deteriorate?

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Have you ever wondered why most government-sponsored road construction involves asphalt paving? The simple answer is that the material has a reputation of being one of the most durable solutions to building roadways to last and withstand daily use.

Even so, improper installation can sometimes thwart the best-laid plans, and the wear and tear of environmental conditions over time has an impact on even the toughest substances.

Mistakes Made in Asphalt Construction.

Asphalt pavement can last a long time if proper steps are taken to prepare the space and correctly lay the materials.

 

During this process, a number of mistakes can be made that would affect the longevity of the road :

  • The base underneath the pavement is not compacted appropriately.
  • There is poor drainage to protect the surface from water exposure.
  • The temperature of the asphalt is not compatible with the application.
  • Compaction is overdone or underdone when the asphalt is laid.

Any combination of these scenarios would yield less than desirable results for the lifespan of a newly paved road. It’s important that the asphalt is installed and maintained properly to avoid premature deterioration when exposed to the elements.

 

Typical Ways Asphalt Pavement Deteriorates

It’s completely natural for asphalt paving to weaken over time. Sunlight, rainwater, and the chemicals associated with vehicles that use the roadway all compound to break down the binding agent within the material and allow penetration of moisture, both from the surface and beneath the road. In just a few years, visible decline in the condition of the pavement can occur, especially when it has not been well cared for as smaller issues arise.

 

  • Distortion of the roadway Occurs with poor construction, which creates ruts and depressions, among other issues, in the foundation and the surface.
  • Cracking of the asphalt Can happen both due to installation errors as well as natural and man-made erosion, including the yearly freezing and thawing of the material.
  • Disintegration, such as potholes – Develops due to exposure to water, as well as spills of oil and gasoline onto the road by passing vehicles.

Solutions for Proper Installation and Repair

It is imperative to properly seal asphalt pavement within months of its installation to avoid major deterioration that shortens the expected lifetime of the road. Before sealant can be considered, however, the initial preparations of the ground and construction of the pavement surface must be handled with care by experienced professionals.

Contact us today to let All County Construction handle any asphalt paving and repair needs, so you can be sure the job is done right.