ACTION ASPHALT HAS
20 Years ofExperience
Action Asphalt has 20 years of experience as a full-service pavement installation, repair and maintenance company. No matter how demanding the job, we finish on time, and with exacting attention to every detail.
We have the knowledge necessary to complete new asphalt projects, from grading, to compaction, and the final laying of asphalt. Every material and piece of equipment we use is of the utmost quality, and our engineers, operators, and laborers are dedicated to providing the best possible service. You can be sure that your pavement project will not only look good when it’s complete, but also provide superior performance and durability for many years to come.
Badly cracked asphalt must be removed, not paved over, to stop further damage. Action Asphalt can help.
We repair and resurface all types of pavement using high-quality repair materials designed specifically for repairing all types of common asphalt damage, including cracking, potholes, and utility cuts.
You can be confident in your repaired pavement’s ability to stand up to all types of weather conditions to stand up to all types of weather conditions. The seams between the existing and new pavement will not allow moisture to seep through, and the newly re-stabilized pavement will wear evenly.
Has your asphalt parking lot or roadway degraded to the point where it’s impacting drivability and safety? Does it negatively affect the overall appearance of your business, organization, or residential development? Or do you just need a pothole or other localized issue repaired?
Regardless of the scope of your needs, it’s important to understand that when pavement degrades to the point of showing potholes, or ‘alligator' or 'crocodile cracking’ with cracks connecting and interlacing, the problem is only going to get worse. This cracking is usually caused by repeated traffic loading and water intrusion. Simply laying new asphalt over the damaged area—known as a ‘skin patch’—will only put a band-aid on the problem.
While the details of our work vary depending on the condition of the pavement and the underlying grading, the basics are largely the same with any pavement repair. We start by removing the damaged area by saw cutting, cold milling (grinding) or jack hammering. Then, all the asphalt spoils are removed, the base rock is recompacted, and SS-1 tack binder is applied to all exposed vertical edges in order to stabilize the remaining pavement. Then new hot asphalt is laid and compacted.
As pavement weathers and ages, the surface becomes rough and cracks appear across it. While this is to be expected from normal wear and tear, the lifespan of your paved surface can be significantly shortened if necessary maintenance is not performed. While you might be tempted to just lay new asphalt over the damage, this will only buy you a short amount of time. But it may not be necessary to start from scratch either.
An asphalt overlay is one of the most effective and low-cost means of re-stabilizing and smoothing your pavement and protecting it from damage. We start by doing any necessary repairs, such removing and replacing badly damaged asphalt. Grading and base rock installation may be necessary as well, depending on the extent of the damage. Then we install a new layer of hot asphalt, known as an overlay. This seals the asphalt beneath, protecting it from the elements.
This will produce a pavement surface that looks and drives like it’s brand new, but at a discount compared to the cost of completely replacing your parking lot or roadway.
What is asphalt?
Asphalt is a combination of aggregate materials—crushed stone, gravel, sand—and bitumen, a petroleum-based byproduct of oil distillation. Bitumen serves as a binder that holds the aggregates together. Asphalt is produced by heating and drying the aggregates, then mixing them with bitumen binder. By selecting certain sizes of aggregates and grades of bitumen binder, mixes can be created for various applications.
What causes asphalt to deteriorate and fail?
There are many factors that contribute to the failure of asphalt. Key among these are oxidation, sun exposure, weather, traffic rates and loads, and failures of the underlying base.
How can you protect your asphalt investment?
While asphalt will inevitably deteriorate, steps can be taken to increase the lifespan of asphalt surfaces. Regular applications of sealcoat to parking lots, roadways, and drive aisles will reduce the rate of deterioration. In addition, regularly checking asphalt for signs of wear and promptly repairing any evident issues before they worsen will stave off the need for more extensive, costly repairs.
What are the pros of asphalt versus concrete?
Asphalt is less costly to install and maintain, but has a shorter lifespan than concrete in most cases. However, concrete is substantially more expensive to install.
Are some times of the year better for asphalt work? Can weather impact asphalt projects?
Asphalt installation can be very dependent on weather conditions. Here in Northern California, the period between late spring and early fall is best for asphalt and sealcoat projects. Winter’s cooler temperatures and wet weather can hinder asphalt installation and make it difficult for treatments to cure properly.
If parts of a parking area are deteriorating, is it better to repair them, or wait a year or two and have the entire lot resurfaced?
Asphalt degradation should be addressed as soon as you notice it. Much like repairing a rotten length of wood in your backyard deck, it is significantly cheaper to repair deteriorated areas before they start to spread, than to wait and have the problem spread. Cracks in your asphalt allow water intrusion, which can lead to both asphalt and aggregate base failure.
In short, if you deal with the damage to your parking lot now, you may not have to have it resurfaced at all for several more years.
How does installing an asphalt overlay compare with full removal and replacement?
An asphalt overlay is simply new asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface, with a layer of hot tack oil applied prior to laying the new asphalt to create a bond between the two layers of asphalt. This is often done when an asphalt surface begins to show cracking or is uneven, but has not yet failed.
On the other hand, removal and replacement (or ‘R&R’ in industry speak) is used specifically for sections of asphalt that have failed so badly that an overlay isn’t an option, as it would quickly destabilize and fracture. These areas of asphalt are removed, exposing the aggregate base, and new asphalt is installed to match the level of surrounding pavement.