Pavement Maintenance 101

Introduction to Pavement Maintenance

Pavement maintenance contractors are not the only people who understand the importance of aesthetically pleasing and well-preserved pavement. Municipal/government management, property managers, business people, visiting customers, and the general public know it as well.  It is, however, usually only the contractor who understands that the best way to maintain pavement is with an effective pavement maintenance plan.  

Pavement maintenance plans can vary in scope, but they never vary in their purpose: to increase pavement life.  A proper pavement maintenance program includes crack sealing, pothole repair, seal coating, and many other surface applications depending on the condition of the pavement.  It should also include sweeping and periodic line striping.

We strive to provide our customers with the necessary knowledge to understand the importance of a pavement maintenance plan. Below you will find links to articles that explain the necessary parts of a plan as well as what causes asphalt pavement to deteriorate in the first place.

Pavement Deterioration

Asphalt pavement is known for it’s durability and resilience. It’s strengths make it a highly used material for many pavement applications and the preferred material for most state and federal road projects. Like all paved surfaces however, it too is susceptible to deterioration due to the laws of mother nature.

Seal Coating

To understand how sealcoating works, it is necessary to understand the nature of the asphalt pavement itself. Because of its excellent waterproofing, flexibility, and adhesive properties to bind and hold the aggregates in the pavement, asphalt has been used extensively for paving and road construction.

Crack Sealing

There is no argument that all asphalt cement (AC) pavements crack. Cracks in asphalt pavements are inevitable. Neglect and lack of proper maintenance lead to accelerated cracking and/or potholing, further reducing the serviceability of the pavement.

Striping & Sweeping

There is no argument that all asphalt cement (AC) pavements crack. Cracks in asphalt pavements are inevitable. Neglect and lack of proper maintenance lead to accelerated cracking and/or potholing, further reducing the serviceability of the pavement.