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The Difference Between a Pothole and a Patch

Now that it’s spring and potholes in your pavement are obvious, it is time to correct them. However, the manner of how they are repaired makes a difference. At Bituminous Roadways, our team receives calls from many customers asking to have potholes repaired, but just filling the hole in with hot mix asphalt may not always be the best solution. Realistically, there are three options for pothole repair: pothole patching, mill patching, and dig-out patching. Here is a detailed explanation of each option.

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Crack Sealing: The Why, When, and How

Asphalt crack sealing is an important step to take for the maintenance of your asphalt surface, because it helps to prevent larger maintenance projects down the road. Even the smallest cracks can easily turn into larger cracks, craters, and dangerous potholes. Done properly and frequently, asphalt crack sealing can easily extend the life of your asphalt.

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4 Types of Asphalt Maintenance to Consider for Your Parking Lot

Asphalt maintenance is crucial to maximizing the service life of your pavement. Routine maintenance slows the deterioration of your pavement by protecting it from its “Natural Enemies,” sun, air and water. Deciding which maintenance options are right for your parking lot, roadway, or athletic court or surface can be hard, but this guide will help give you some direction.

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How to Plan and Budget for Future Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Properly managing any asset like your car, your home, or your place of business involves routine maintenance, and asphalt pavements are no exception. Planning for future maintenance and rehabilitation is an important part of pavement management plans. Pavement maintenance can be relatively inexpensive, but if you wait too long, a costly reconstruction may be the only option. Therefore, be sure to follow these steps to keep your maintenance costs down and greatly maximize the service life of your parking lot, roadway, or outdoor athletic surface.

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Benefits of Maintenance

Pavement Maintenance

Maintaining your asphalt pavement is critical to extending its service life. Addressing problem areas on your pavement right away will save money by delaying or preventing more expensive repairs.

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Pavement Distresses

What are these distresses on my pavement?

Cracking, deformations, and deterioration are three categories of pavement distresses. Each of these distresses can indicate how well your pavement is performing, or more critically, how much longer it might last. Identifying the distresses on your asphalt pavement can help you formulate the most cost-effective maintenance plan.

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How Freeze-Thaw Cycles Can Damage Asphalt Pavement

Winter is a “hard” time for asphalt pavements, literally. Asphalt pavements are produced and constructed at high temperatures when the asphalt binder is a liquid so it can be easily mixed with the rocks and sand. During the spring, summer, and fall seasons, asphalt is flexible and stretchy in the warm weather, helping to prevent cracks from forming. However, as temperatures decrease during winter, the asphalt becomes harder and stronger, but also more brittle. Extreme cold temperatures can cause pavements to crack, but the most damage to pavements is caused by freeze-thaw cycles.

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Why You Should Repair Damaged Asphalt

Bituminous Roadways, Inc. specializes in asphalt repair and maintenance. In fact, we spend as much time maintaining older asphalt pavement as we do paving new asphalt. Why? Because over time asphalt experiences wear and tear and may become worn out. Asphalt needs to be maintained and repaired from time to time, allowing it to keep its resilience for up to 25 years. Developing a maintenance plan for your asphalt surface can help prevent serious damage and increase your pavements longevity.

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4 Key Asphalt Maintenance Tips

Knowing how to maintain and care for your asphalt can ensure durability, longevity, and quality. Look at these tips for basic solutions to common asphalt problems. Without regular asphalt maintenance, water, sun, and traffic cause asphalt to erode. Although a solid foundation, quality asphalt mix, and professional installation can increase the lifespan of your pavement, it still needs regular attention and care.

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Stay Safe this Construction Season

Minnesota has five seasons each year; winter, spring, summer and fall. The additional season has become affectionately known as “Road Construction.” As a matter of fact, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announced this week that 211 road construction projects are on the docket this season.

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