What are the three types of asphalt maintenance?

Although asphalt maintenance can include many different specific tasks, there are three main types of asphalt maintenance: preventive, corrective, and emergency. Here is what each type involves.

Preventive Maintenance: Preventive maintenance is designed to extend the functional life of the asphalt. When performed in a systematic manner on a regular schedule, it can be 6 to 10 times more cost-effective than doing nothing until a repair is needed. Depending on the specific application, preventive maintenance may include such tasks as crack filling, microsurfacing, and fog sealing. This is the least expensive form of asphalt maintenance.

Corrective Maintenance: Sometimes known as reactive maintenance, corrective maintenance is designed to repair a problem with the asphalt. Depending on the issue, corrective maintenance may include such tasks as pothole repair, patching, and structural overlays.

Emergency Maintenance: Emergency maintenance occurs when something major such as a severe pothole must be addressed immediately. Emergency maintenance often involves temporary repairs that allow the asphalt to be used until corrective maintenance procedures can be implemented for a long-term solution. An excellent example of this is cold patching. A cold patch can repair a crack or a pothole well enough to last through the winter, but should be replaced with a proper hot mix patch in the spring.

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