Cracking is a distress that will ultimately plague nearly every road or pavement surface. Cracks develop for a variety of reasons; among the most common are thermal stresses, fatigue, or reflective cracking from underlying pavement conditions. Whatever the cause, cracking continues to be one of the major problems affecting our pavements today. FiberMat, one of the latest innovations, provides an economical, cost effective technique for treating and preventing the recurrence of pavement cracking.
FiberMat is a specially formulated, polymer modified, crack resistant membrane that produces superior strength and flexibility. It forms a high tensile matrix upon application with a highly modified asphalt emulsion residue that is reinforced with engineered fiberglass strands. The FiberMat system is installed by a specially developed machine that uniformly applies the fiberglass strands in a continuous application. The strands are sandwiched between two layers of modified emulsion prior to application of an aggregate cover. The final product is then rolled to seat the aggregate into the surface. This combination of highly modified asphalt residue and a fiberglass reinforcement matrix creates a powerful resistant membrane interlayer that absorbs stresses in the pavement structure and delays the onset of cracking. Unlike conventional geotextile reinforced interlayers, FiberMat is easily recycled without any issues, is easily constructed, and saves time and labor on application for the user without the usual wrinkles, rips and tears associated with fabrics.