Pavement resurfacing

Find out about how pavements are resurfaced and how this process may affect you.

We resurface pavements in Suffolk using slurry sealing which is a cost effective maintenance treatment.

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What is slurry sealing?

The slurry mixture is a blend of: 

  • bitumen emulsion
  • fine aggregates
  • water

It helps to provide a more even and slip-resistant surface.

It is spread over the existing pavement, levelled and then brushed to give the pavement a textured finish. It then sets to provide a new layer over the existing surface.

What is it used for?

Slurry sealing is used to:

  • seal cracks
  • fill minor depressions
  • fill voids

Before slurry sealing

Before slurry sealing takes place:

  • some areas of the existing surface may require pressure washing
  • repairs to some of the larger depressions and defects
  • levels of some of the ironwork (e.g. manhole covers) are adjusted, which will then be covered during the process and uncovered once the process is completed

After slurry sealing

The new surface may initially appear wet and patchy but this will diminish and become more uniform a few days after being laid.

Although the process is carried out relatively quickly, it is weather dependent and may be delayed due to rain or particularly cold weather.

How our works may affect you

If slurry sealing is going to take place ensure any vehicles parked on the pavement or verge are moved by 8am.

If your vehicle is parked on your drive and you need to gain access or leave your property at any time during the slurry sealing process, please ask a member of staff on site for assistance.

The slurry remains wet for 2 to 4 hours after application (depending on weather conditions) during which time the pavement will remain closed to pedestrians, with restrictions on vehicular access.

Walking or driving on the slurry before it has set may result in permanent marking on your driveway and internal floors or carpets.