Full-Depth Reclamation

Cost-Effective Road Repair

Deteriorating pavements are a constant and costly problem for municipalities and developers. Full-depth reclamation is the most cost-effective, “green”, and efficient method of rebuilding worn-out roads and parking lots. This process uses an asphalt reclaimer to recycle old asphalt and underlying subbase into a strong, homogenous new base. This new base can be re-shaped and then overlaid with a surface course such as hot-mix asphalt or chip seal to produce a brand-new driving surface that will last for years to come.

The full-depth reclamation process is exponentially less costly than traditional “remove & replace” methods of repair, and can be completed in just days. Since all existing materials are reused in place, trucking costs are eliminated, fuel use is greatly reduced, and no new aggregates need to be imported.

Full-depth reclamation can result in up to 20 years of extended lifespan to the original construction by eliminating pavement distress factors such as alligator, fatigue, thermal, transverse, longitudinal and reflective cracking.

In a world where highway funding is scarce and “green” is the future, you can’t afford NOT to recycle your roads!

Road Reclamation Benefits

The benefits of roadway reclamation include:

  • Conserving natural resources by recycling existing materials
  • Conserving fuels and lessen emissions by having less equipment on a project
  • Reducing your highway maintenance costs up to 40% over a 5-year period

Full-depth reclamation is used for any asphaltic surface, from country roads to urban roads and from airport runways to tennis courts and golf cart paths. Full-depth road reclamation can work everywhere including around structures, along curbs and can adjust road profiles and elevations.

Road Damage Repair by Reclamation Process

Fatigued pavements with base failures and other irregularities often warrant full-depth reclamation, including when roads have experienced the following road damage:

  • Wheel rutting
  • Alligator cracking
  • Irregular profiles
  • Longitudinal and lateral cracking
  • Pavement raveling
  • Heavy patching
  • Reflective cracking
  • Potholes
  • Deficient sub-base materials

Steps in Full-Depth Road Reclamation

  • Reclaimer pulverizes average depths of 8 -16 inches
  • Reclaimed material is then stabilized
  • Grader shapes and profiles reclaimed material
  • Rollers compact reclaimed material

Road Stabilizers to Improve Strength

In addition, reclaimed material can be improved with a variety of stabilizers to add more strength to the roadbed: