Raveling: What Is It And Can You Fix It Soon?

If you find loose pieces of asphalt and rough patches on the surface of your driveway, ask a contractor to repair your driveway fast. Your driveway may be in the process of raveling. Raveling can spread throughout your pavement until it no longer supports your cars. Learn more about raveling and how a contractor can fix it below.

What's Raveling?

Raveling is a defect that shows up in old or damaged pavement. Raveling occurs when small sections of pavement begin to break down and separate. The damaged pavement will eventually develop rough patches and tiny cracks on it. The damage can spread throughout the pavement until it's no longer safe to use.

Several things cause pavement to ravel, including excess weight and heavy traffic. Freezing temperatures can also degrade the surface of pavement. The problems can become worse if water slips beneath the pavement and lifts it up from the ground. Your driveway may eventually become damaged enough to fail. 

If you see small areas of raveling in your pavement, contact a contractor and repair your driveway now.

How Do Repair a Raveling Driveway?

A repair contractor will need to confirm the condition of your pavement before they fix it. A contractor will look for several things in your driveway, including:

  • small pieces of aggregate, such as rocks, pebbles, and gravel
  • deep or rough patches 
  • cracks and lines of all sizes

A contractor may also look for signs of water damage in your driveway. If water penetrated your driveway's pavement, it may appear lifted or raised up in sections. There may be empty spaces or empty pockets beneath the pavement as well.

If a repair contractor finds the problems above in your pavement, they'll offer several solutions to repair it. A contractor can fill in, patch, and cover small areas of raveling. The patches should seal your pavement and keep water from entering it after the repairs. 

If your pavement contains large patches in it, a contractor may recommend a full driveway replacement soon. Your driveway's pavement will eventually fail. If you decide to replace your driveway, a contractor will show you the different types of replacements you can choose.

Some homeowners replace their asphalt driveways with concrete. Concrete does require special care to maintain, such as regular power washing. So keep this in mind when you select your replacement driveway.

You can learn more about raveling by consulting a damaged asphalt paving repair contractor, such as J & B Asphalt & Paved LLC.