Distortion in your Haines City parking lot paving is a serious issue that you need to look into as soon as you see the signs that indicate it. It’s important to note and remember that distortions are different from paving damage. When there is damage to your asphalt paving, it means that some external factor caused some form of damage to your paving, which can be repaired, as long as the damage isn’t too severe. On the other hand, distortions are irregular signs of issues on your paving.
The main difference between damage and distortions is that distortions are usually indicative of an issue with the subgrade of your paving, and are not caused by typical causes of damage, like sunlight and water. Distortions are a result of poor workmanship, and improper installation of the asphalt paving. If paving shifts before setting properly, this usually means that the subgrade is weak because it has not been installed properly. Any sign of distortion in your paving must be properly attended to, as these can cause serious damage to pedestrians and vehicles on your paving.
Rutting is a type of distortion that is characterized by the formation of a dent or a cavity on the paving. The reason why this is such a serious issue is because these cavities are like potholes in the sense that it retains water, which can cause further damage to your paving. Depending on the severity and type of rut that forms, you can identify whether it is a surface or underground issue. In severe cases, the entire paving must be replaced.
Shoving is another kind of distortion characterized by a ripple forming on the surface of the paving. This is caused by issues in the asphalt aggregate itself, such as the being too fine, or too soft, or a weak granular base. If the damage is minor, then repairs can be done, but as always, if the damage is severe enough, then the entire paving might have to be overhauled.
Depressions look like rutting, because it is also characterized by sunken-in cavities in the paving. However, these are shallower than ruts, and they make it difficult for people to walk on this. Depressions indicate a subgrade problem, and the entire thing has to be replaced in order to fix this issue.
Swelling, as the name indicates, is the swelling of the asphalt subgrade caused by moisture or frost heave. This type of distortion can only be repaired by replacing the subgrade layer with a sturdier and better quality asphalt mix.
Patch failures are when a patch job in your Haines City parking lot paving doesn’t go as intended, and the patch starts to deteriorate. This is caused by a variety of factors, including inferior materials, improper compaction, and using the wrong mix for the paving. This can be fixed by removing the patch job and redoing it.