Causes, Consequences, and the Role of Qualified Contractors Like Bradley Asphalt in Repairs

Asphalt subsidence, or the gradual sinking of paved surfaces, is a common but serious issue that can lead to significant structural damage if not addressed promptly and effectively. Whether it affects driveways, parking lots, or roads, understanding the causes and knowing how to effectively repair subsidence is crucial.

What Causes Asphalt Subsidence?

Asphalt subsidence typically occurs due to a variety of underlying issues, which may include:

  1. Poor Soil Compaction: Inadequate or uneven soil compaction beneath the asphalt can lead to settling over time. This is often a result of rushed or improperly managed construction projects.
  2. Water Damage: Water can be a major culprit in undermining asphalt integrity. Improper drainage or prolonged exposure to water can soften the soil base, leading to subsidence. This is fairly common in Colorado with our snow packed winters.
  3. Material Failure: Low-quality asphalt or improper mixture can fail to withstand the demands of traffic and weather, leading to premature deterioration.
  4. Root Growth: Tree roots growing under the pavement can push up and crack the asphalt, eventually causing areas of it to sink.
  5. Load Stress: Heavy traffic loads can exceed what the pavement was engineered to handle, causing it to break down and settle over time.

Consequences of Asphalt Subsidence

Ignoring asphalt subsidence can lead to more than just unsightly cracks or uneven surfaces; it can have severe structural implications:

  • Increased Accident Risk: Uneven surfaces are hazardous to vehicles and pedestrians alike, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Water Accumulation: Depressions in the pavement can collect water, leading to further damage and potential safety hazards.
  • Decreased Property Value: Visible signs of wear and subsidence can significantly decrease property value, affecting both aesthetic appeal and functionality.

The Importance of Professional Assessment and Repair

Addressing asphalt subsidence is not just about patching visible damage; it involves assessing and resolving the underlying causes. This is where professional contractors like @Bradley Asphalt come into play. With expertise in diagnosing and repairing foundation and asphalt problems, we can provide:

  • Thorough Free Assessment: We can determine the root cause of subsidence, whether it’s due to soil issues, water damage, or material failure.
  • Appropriate Repair Methods: Depending on the cause, repairs might involve re-compaction of soil, improving drainage systems, removing tree roots, or completely redoing the asphalt with higher quality materials.
  • Long-term Solutions: Professionals ensure that the repair extends the lifespan of the pavement and prevents future problems.

Choosing the Right Contractor

When selecting a contractor, it’s essential to consider their experience, reputation, and the quality of their work. We, at Bradley Asphalt, are known and trusted for our reliability and expertise since the 1980’s. Remember, the key to addressing any pavement issue lies in tackling both its symptoms and its root causes, ensuring safety, functionality, and aesthetics are maintained.