Interlayers reduce maintenance costs & extend pavement life.
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Reflective cracking is one of the largest contributors to pavement deterioration. Conventional rehabilitation procedures prescribe placing an asphalt overlay on top of the existing rigid or flexible pavement. Although this provides some additional service life, cracks are only deterred about one year per inch of applied overlay. At this rate, you will fight a constant battle with pavement maintenance that you'll likely never win. However, when a pavement interlayer is installed, pavement performance is drastically improved and ultimately reduces maintenance and life cycle costs.
Interlayers can serve several functions:
Interlayers can drastically improve the pavement’s ability to resist cracks and the drainage capabilities of a road, subsequently extending the life of the road. Learn more...
This illustration shows the position of two types interlayers in a typical pavement design.
There are two main types of interlayers, bituminous-based products and geosynthetics. Within these two categories, there are a large number of products, all with various pros and cons. With so many to choose from, it's important that you select the interlayer that's right for your project.
Webinar: Extending Pavement Life Using Asphalt Interlayers
In this webinar, we will discuss the use of geosynthetic interlayers to extend the life of asphalt pavements. Topics to be covered include:
This webinar is approximately 1 hour and is eligible for 1 PDH Credit. Simply click the video and fill out the form to view.
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The GlasGrid® Pavement Reinforcement System resists the migration of reflective cracks and increases the fatigue life of asphalt overlays in roadway applications. This interlayer system is composed of a series of fiberglass strands coated with an elastomeric polymer and formed into a grid structure. When the GlasGrid System is installed between the leveling course and the surface course asphalt in a conventional asphalt overlay, it becomes the hidden strength in the road. Since a stiff tensile element is at the bottom of an overlay, cracks propagating toward the surface are intercepted and turned horizontally and prevented from migrating further.
The use of interlayers for preventing reflective cracking has been extensively studied over the last 40 years. Several research projects have quantified the benefits of the GlasGrid System and helped to define its areas of application. Here is a brief summary of key GlasGrid studies.
A hybrid geosynthetic paving material, GlasPave® is a unique combination of fiberglass mesh embedded into high performance polyester mats. The non-woven matrix structure of GlasPave allows for an asphalt binder to penetrate and fill voids within the fabric to limit moisture infiltration into a pavement structure. The fiberglass matrix in a GlasPave paving mat coated with an elastomeric polymer provides significantly greater tensile strength at low strain when compared to
conventional paving fabrics and other paving mats. Read this research summary that documents GlasPave's outstanding performance.
Proper selection of a pavement interlayer is critical to ensure the asphalt overlay service life is realized for the intended design. This selection guide offers assistance for chosing the appropriate interlayer system depending upon:
See how using GlasGrid or GlasPave interlayers can increase EASL capacity of pavements and offer a more cost-effective alternative to thicker asphalt overlays.
GlasGrid and GlasPave have been used on projects across North America to extend pavement service life and maximize maintenance budgets. Here are just a few examples that prove their value.
Our paving mat features a distinctive design for easy installation and to achieve maximum performance. This first video shows a step-by-step installation on a recent project. You can also download our GlasPave Installation Flyer by clicking the button below.
The GlasGrid System is easily installed without specialized
equipment or labor. Thanks to its pressure-activated adhesive,
it’s considered to be the fastest interlayer system to install
and has proven effective in every geographical area and
climate. And now, GlasGrid TF, with pre-installed elastomeric polymer tack film, provides all the benefits of the GlasGrid System without the challenges of applying a conventional tack coat. Because of it's enhanced bond to asphalt overlays, it out performs the original GlasGrid System to protect against reflective cracking. And, with no tack coat
to prepare and apply, owners and installers save on time, labor
and material costs. This video to the right shows an actual GlasGrid TF installation. You can download installation guides for both GlasGrid and GlasGrid TF below.