Over time road surfaces inevitably degrade due to the constant passage of traffic, and this degradation is often accelerated by weather conditions such as excessive summer heat causing bitumen to melt and rise to the surface (“melting tar”) or freezing and thawing cycles which can lead to the more serious problems of potholes. Potholes will require spot repair, but the road surface itself may be retextured over a considerable stretch of highway to offer many benefits to both roads authorities and motorists.
Naturally the mechanical characteristics of the road surface such as friction and skid resistance will deteriorate with the surface condition, compromising road safety, so solely in the interest of reducing casualties roads authorities will want to address any issues promptly before surface skidding levels fall below accepted safety standards. This will result in increased road lifespan, minimised disruption to motorists and the cost savings translate directly to the tax payer.
Retexturing offers an environmentally friendly maintenance solution since only the surface aggregate is treated and existing road materials can largely be reused, reducing additional quarrying and transport overheads and waste. Research shows that the carbon footprint from several repeat retexturing treatments than from applying a complete single new layer of hot mix asphalt.
Road retexturing is a well proven and established process which is very cost-effective if performed in a timely fashion, and as an accredited Road Markings Contractor we have many years of experience in delivering road retexturing services on all classes of roads to both the Department of Regional Development (DRD) Road Service in Northern Ireland and the National Roads Authority (NRA) in the Irish Republic.