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What Does Pavement Rutting Mean?

Aside from cracking and potholes, there are a few other signs of wear.

Causes may range from extensive traffic to improper asphalt installation.

This is most common in high traffic areas like highways and through ways.

It can also happen to long straight driveways. Depending on how well the asphalt was installed, types & weight of vehicles and traffic frequency.

Proper asphalt installation is crucial to get the most out of your asphalt driveway, but that is not always the reason for these types of problems.

The most common types of rutting are: Mix Rutting, Subgrade Rutting and Densification.

It may sound like we’re making words up at this point, but we’re not joking!

What is Mix Rutting?

This happens when the load of the car tires push down on the asphalt and presses it down and away. A good way to tell this one apart from the rest is the noticeable bumps on either side of the rut

What is Subgrade Rutting?

Think of this one as subgrade failure. First the subgrade fails and sinks down, then the base layer of stone sinks and finally the asphalt layer begins to follow suit.

What is Densification?

This fancy word just means the asphalt layer continues to compact after the steam roller has rolled its final roll!

Why is this bad?

These ruts can sometimes hold water, and that is not a good combination!

Water puddles + cars traveling at over 60MPH, does not equal a fun time.

These ruts can sometimes hold water, and that is not good news!

Water puddles + cars traveling at over 60MPH, does not equal a fun time.

If any of these issues are present on your pavement, give us a call!