Asphalt roads are one of the most common road types in America today. Generally, asphalt is used because it is much cheaper to install than concrete. However, over time asphalt requires more maintenance than concrete and can cost a lot more in the long run over the life cycle of asphalt. Asphalt restoration is generally the same everywhere: patch a pothole, crack seal any opening cracks, and hope for the best. In addition, most agencies and owners will often try to protect the surface with seal coats and various other ways to reduce the amount of oxidation. Sadly, even with these treatments, asphalt can have a short life cycle.
Unlike concrete, asphalt degrades faster with heat, the sun’s UV rays, and water. UV rays oxidize the oil in your asphalt, degrading its ability to glue the asphalt rocks together. Over just a few years, you can see asphalt pavements begin to turn lighter shades of black and even become grey. During this process, cracks develop, and when traffic is added, potholes begin to develop from failure and weakening of the asphalts substructure.
How do they fix bad asphalt?
Asphalt usually gets a seal coat, and generally, it’s at the wrong time. When asphalt is first laid, it needs time to cure. Any excess binder needs to come to the surface. Most professionals are now recommending at least three years for the asphalt to cure. In today’s day and age, most people try to prevent oxidation by adding seal coats, and usually, it’s too early or too late when they do. Asphalt protection products can help good asphalt stay better longer if they are applied at the right time with the right product but even then, they can’t fix degraded asphalt.
In most cases, people will try various methods to fix aging pavements. One of the most common methods is to place a new layer of asphalt over the existing surface, called an asphalt overlay. Mill and fill require more work as the existing surface is milled, and then a fresh layer of asphalt is applied. Hot in place is when equipment is used to heat asphalt, and a rejuvenating agent is mixed in. The problem with all these methods are that they don’t work for long. Seal coats must be placed every three years and everything else requires extensive work to have a safe and aesthetically pleasing surface.
Main cons of sealing asphalt pavements:
- According to industry experts*, “not all pavement products are created equal,” so it falls on whoever is doing the job to choose what is best for your asphalt. While asphalt-based sealers retain their look for 1 to 3 years, they don’t protect for that long.
- Sealants can be expensive and only cover a small section.
- Experts are constantly raising environmental concerns because of the cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAHs).*https://www.baylor.edu/ mediacommunications/news.php?action=story&story=128514
OXCONS Asphalt Restoration
Unlike most products on the market, OXCON’S Resurfacer is a one-stop shop for asphalt restoration and protection. Providing a low cost environmentally friendly long-lasting surface is just the start. Our Resurfacer is a PCMO (Polymer Composite Micro Overlay) based material specifically designed to fix deterioration such as spalling, scaling, and disintegration. In addition, our products provide an added wearing surface that fixes most problems with asphalt surfaces. We provide a waterproof concrete surface that is durable yet flexible enough to go over asphalt surfaces at just 2 to 3 mm in thickness. Unaffected by water, UV rays, de-icing chemicals, and petroleum products mean that you’ll extend the life of your asphalt by over 20 years. Designed to provide an alternative to hot and dangerous products, OXCON’s Resurfacer is solar reflective and photocatalytic resulting in cooler pavements, reducing heat island effects, and providing an environmentally safe and friendly tool for asphalt restoration and preservation.
Benefits of OXCON’S Asphalt Resurfacer
- High early strength
- Resistant to chemical salts etc.
- High coefficient of friction
- Environmentally friendly
- Freeze-thaw resistant
- Quick turnaround times
- No grade transition issues
- Provide cooler surface
- Improves air quality
- No odor or tracking
- Can be applied at nighttime
- Available in different ﬁnishes
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