Statewide Asphalt

Asphalt Patching

Asphalt Patching Extends Parking Lot Use

While not as glorious as the paving crew, the asphalt patching crew is just as vital to a successful pavement maintenance plan.

Asphalt patching is a very broad term and could include anything from building a single speed bump, covering up a utility trench, or removing and replacing several thousand square feet of deteriorated asphalt in a parking lot.

Whether large or small, the premise is the same:  First a determination of what areas to be removed is made by an experienced professional at Statewide. Then the edges of the material to be removed are sawcut.

The next steps include removing the bad material, compacting the base, tacking the edges of the area with an asphalt based glue, and finally placing pavement back in the area. Depending on the size of the repair this might be done exclusively by hand utilizing some very skilled rakers, or with a paving machine. Either way the end result is always the same; a new smooth section in the parking lot.

Sometimes the base might be in acceptable condition, but the surface of the asphalt may be what has failed.  This is most often caused by water running over the top and washing out all the fines, or small sand. In this situation, a skin or surface patch is performed. Just as the name implies, a thin layer of asphalt is placed on the top. Usually these skin patches should only be performed if the surface is going to receive a seal or slurry coat.