Everything you need to know about road resurfacing

26th October 2022

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Got potholes in your road that are so big you don’t want to drive your car over them?

If this is the case, you might need your road resurfacing.

Join us as we find out more about road resurfacing, when it’s needed, and how Hazell & Jefferies can help with your resurfacing requirements.

What is road resurfacing?

Road resurfacing is when the surface and sub-layers of a road are removed and replaced. While the steps taken may vary, here’s what is usually done:

First, the road needs to be cleared of people and vehicles. Then, any debris (for example, gravel) is removed from the road.

Next, the road is prepared to make sure it drains correctly. As potholes are created by water pooling, freezing and expanding on the road, this step is critical.

After this, a sub-base is laid. This base needs to be strong and sturdy, and the thickness will depend on the amount of traffic the road gets.

Finally, a fresh layer of tarmac is laid. A roller is used to make sure the surface is smooth as possible.

What are the benefits of road resurfacing?

Road resurfacing fixes potholes and other damage that has formed over time, providing a smooth, level and safe road surface for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. This reduces the risk of vehicle damage and keeps people safe.

Road resurfacing is also much cheaper than replacing a road entirely.

Find out more about the benefits of road resurfacing.

Are road resurfacing and surface dressing the same thing?

Many people use the terms interchangeably, but they refer to two different things.

Surface dressing is when a road is in relatively good condition and is given a new protective layer to extend its lifespan.

Resurfacing is when up to 300mm of the road surface is removed and replaced. It’s more extensive (as well as expensive) and is used when the road surface has deteriorated so much that surface dressing is not an option.

How long does road resurfacing take?

It depends on the damage, the length of road that needs resurfacing and the weather conditions. Road resurfacing takes a lot longer than surface dressing.

Extreme temperatures, as well as rain and snow, can have a significant impact on how long road resurfacing takes to complete.

How long does road resurfacing last?

Generally 15 to 20 years. However it depends on the amount of traffic on the road, and the weather conditions experienced after the resurfacing.

Hazell & Jefferies: experts in road resurfacing

At Hazell & Jefferies, we pride ourselves on high-quality work and friendly customer service. 

Fully accredited and insured, when we work on your road resurfacing project, you’re guaranteed exceptional results that are designed to last.

Contact us today to find out more about the services we provide.

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