The longest established installer of Asphalt Geosynthetics in the UK.
SAMIs and ASPHALT REINFORCEMENT
Reflective cracking can affect asphalt overlays for a number of reasons. The most common of these include roads or paved areas with fatigue cracks, trench reinstatements, concrete expansion joints or subsidence.
The most cost effective solution is to place a Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer (SAMI) in the pavement construction to delay the onset of reflective cracking and extend the life of the pavement.
A SAMI usually consists of a bitumen-impregnated geotextile that absorbs the stresses at the end of a crack thereby slowing or stopping its growth. If the crack is eventually transmitted through the SAMI, the bitumen provides a waterproof layer to protect the lower levels of road construction.
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Composite geotextiles provide reinforcement in varying tensile strengths to the road construction. Geotextiles also offer the same structural benefits of SAMIs. As the UK’s oldest and most experienced supplier and installer of geotextiles and composites for asphalt overlay, clients can be sure that they are receiving the very best service. The first applicator, which was designed and built for FCL in 1993, has become the industry standard for laying Geotextiles in the UK.
For the bond coat we spray straight run 160/220 bitumen in preference to emulsions to ensure instant adhesion and efficient installation.
The paving process commences immediately after the geotextile is laid. We have bitumen distributors reserved solely for the task of spraying 160/220 bitumen, these are tested annually for conformance with BS1707 and ensure the correct distribution of tack coat.
Geosynthetic manufacturers, TenCate Geosynthetics Limited and Tensar International Limited, stress the importance of their products being installed correctly and for this reason they have entrusted the installation to FCL. However, exceptionally for small quantities we can supply geosynthetics for installation by other installers.