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Why Asphalt Milling is Cost-Effective

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Asphalt is an incredibly useful material for roadways and parking lots, but it’s still subject to wear and tear. Replacing asphalt whenever it starts to show damage is incredibly expensive and wasteful, and patching this road and parking lot surface doesn’t address the full scope of the problem. Thankfully, there’s another option: Milling and resurfacing is the most cost-effective and efficient form of asphalt repair, and this process can make a worn-down asphalt surface look like it’s brand new with minimal capital and labor expenditures. 

What Is Asphalt Milling and Resurfacing?

Asphalt resurfacing is one of the most popular types of commercial asphalt services since it only strips away the top layer of an asphalt roadway or parking lot. Instead of wasting a lot of time and effort on the complete removal and replacement of an asphalt surface, this type of asphalt repair involves using a heavy-duty grinding machine to remove the top layer of an asphalt surface. 

Once this layer has been removed, it becomes possible to lay down a new layer of fresh asphalt. Another common procedure when replacing cracked or otherwise damaged asphalt is to fill in cracks or potholes with smaller amounts of fresh asphalt. However, cracks or potholes are indicative of a systemic breakdown in an asphalt surface, and taking this approach doesn’t address the underlying problem. 

Resurfacing asphalt, however, removes the entirety of a worn down or damaged asphalt surface, which eliminates the possibility of any further cracks or other forms damage appearing. Best of all, asphalt can be resurfaced again and again, and unless there is significant structural damage throughout every layer of an asphalt surface, it may never be necessary to fully replace an asphalt roadway or parking lot as long as it is resurfaced regularly. 

What Are the Benefits of Asphalt Resurfacing?

Resurfacing an asphalt surface restores the uniformity of a roadway or parking lot without having to replace entire surfaces. This process normalizes drainage flow, and it also returns curb reveal to its normal levels. 

When this process is done on roadways, it helps keep traffic flow steady since it takes less time than a complete surface replacement. It’s usually safe to drive on asphalt immediately after the milling process is complete, and since some milling machines can cut nearly 15,000 square yards of asphalt per day, you’ll have your project done in no time when you choose to resurface your asphalt. 

In addition, the recycled asphalt that is produced in the milling process can be reused a base material for new asphalt, which makes this process sustainable. No flames are used during the resurfacing process, which means that no toxic smoke is emitted. 

The primary benefit of resurfacing an asphalt surface, however, is reduced cost. Resurfacing asphalt costs a tiny fraction of the price of completely replacing an asphalt roadway or parking lot, and it provides all of the benefits of deploying a brand-new roadway. 

Overall, these benefits indicate that there is no reason to pursue full asphalt surface replacement as long as resurfacing is an option. The financial benefits of reusing the asphalt that is reclaimed in this process make this asphalt repair procedure worthwhile on their own, and the timeliness and reduced labor and material costs associated with the resurfacing process make this procedure the premier choice for any government or corporate entity that needs to ensure the structural integrity and driveability of asphalt surfaces. 

About Southern Asphalt Engineering

Engineering entrepreneur Jose A. Franco founded Southern Asphalt Engineering in 1998, and his company has gone on to be the premier provider of commercial asphalt services in Miami-Dade County and Broward County. Specializing in restoration and maintenance services for asphalt roadways and parking lot, this fully licensed and insured firm is standing by to take care of your asphalt resurfacing needs. To get started, request an estimate today!