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Whether it’s asphalt or resin surfacing, every road will eventually need repairs. Road resurfacing is crucial to the performance and safety of the road and is something you must keep an eye on, as it can creep up on you in no time. The lifespan of a road will depend on various factors, from materials used to how much traffic it supports. Here we have created a list of tell-tale signs that a road needs resurfacing.
Alligator Cracks Can be just as Scary as the Name Suggests
One of the earliest signs of a road needing repairs is the formation of cracks across the surface. Over time the surface of the road will lose its grip on the sealant, creating cracks. Small cracks can usually be repaired with crack-filling liquids without much stress, but if left alone, these cracks can evolve into what is referred to as alligator cracks. These alligator cracks spread over the road’s surface like a web or alligator skin and will require full asphalt resurfacing to preserve the road’s underlying layer from further damage.
Potholes Pose Huge Problems
Potholes are hard to miss, but for many, they’re surprisingly easy to ignore. Potholes are perhaps the most obvious sign that resurfacing the road should be a top priority; they pose a considerable risk to the safety and structural integrity of the road. These openings on the surface can collect water, and the moisture will weaken the foundation of the road, leading to further cracks and damage.
Moisture on the Road Can Spell Disaster
Lingering moisture is one of the biggest threats to a healthy road. Excess moisture on the surface can seep between layers and affect binding agents, compromising the entire road. Proper drainage is essential for the durability of asphalt surfaces of all kinds. If you notice puddles accumulating, it signifies the need for road resurfacing.
Warping Roads Should Worry You
Look at the surface of the road. Does the asphalt appear level, or can you see warped sections? Warped surfacing happens due to an insufficient or compromised base, often brought on by heavy vehicle use. If caught early, you can fix the issue by levelling the affected area with asphalt. However, the asphalt and the base will ultimately need replacing if left unchecked. By resurfacing roads as soon as required, you can save a lot of hassle down the line from more extensive repairs.
The Best Defence Against Damaged Roads is Early Action
If you notice any combination of the above signs, it’s time to get a move on because your road needs resurfacing. Tackling these issues head-on and as early as possible will make the roads safer and save you time and money on more expensive repairs. If you’re concerned about a road that needs resurfacing, talk to the team at TSL Group. We cover both asphalt and resin resurfacing to help ensure your roads remain in tip-top shape.