Asphalt is an extremely durable surface that many people turn to when they need to have a parking lot or road installed. No matter how durable it is, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that can go wrong with it as well. There are a few problems that can arise with asphalt surfaces. When you give them the attention needed, you can get several years with that asphalt before you need to replace it. One of the problems that can be fixable is bleeding. Andersen Asphalt & Striping is here to talk about what asphalt bleeding is and what can be done to fix the problem.
What is Asphalt Bleeding in Road Construction?
Another term to describe asphalt bleeding is flushing. This happens when it appears that the asphalt is wet, with beads of liquid sitting on its surface. Some people also confuse this liquid with oil that is standing on top of the asphalt surface. While it may look like someone poured a cup of motor oil on top of the asphalt, that isn’t what is happening at all. The liquid that is visible is some of the bonding agents that have started to bleed up and onto the surface. This can become a problem for anyone that is driving on the asphalt because it decreases visibility during the nighttime hours. The bleeding is incredibly reflective during night hours. It can also reduce the traction provided by the tires on the vehicle.
Cause of Asphalt Bleeding or Flushing
There are a couple things that can contribute to asphalt bleeding. The amount of traffic that the asphalt surface sees can be one of the issues. Another can be caused by excessive heat and heavy sunlight. Most of the time, it happens because of excessive heat. When the asphalt surface gets too hot, the binders begin to liquify and run through the small pockets and voids in the pavement. By the time it works its way to the top, it is in liquid form, and you see the bleeding. The biggest problem here is that the asphalt won’t reabsorb the bleeding and it will continue to build up.
How Do You Fix Asphalt Bleeding
There is no easy way to fix a bleeding issue. If there is excessive heat, there is excessive heat. However, you can use sand to absorb the binding agents on the surface of the asphalt and eliminate the risk to drivers. If there are serious concerns with the bleeding, the top layer of the asphalt can be removed and then resurfacing can happen.
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If you are having issues with your asphalt surfaces, you can turn to the professionals at Andersen Asphalt & Striping to help you solve it. We know how to deal with several different asphalt repairs and even replacement if that is necessary. Our team of highly trained professionals will ensure your asphalt is in pristine condition. Call us today!