Tack Coat Best Practices

This Technical Brief provides an overview of tack coats and their vital role bonding multiple asphalt layers into one monolithic system. Poor tack coat techniques result in compromised bonding of the asphalt layers. This leads to pavement distresses. Possible slippage cracking and delamination are associated with poor bonding. Additionally, poor bonding can lead to structural distresses, namely fatigue cracking and potholes. Often this lack of sufficient bonding is not recognized as the source of failures. This document includes a literature review and sections on structural design, tack coat costs, tack coat materials, best practices, application calculations, and contract language.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Glossary; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Serial:
    • TechBrief
    • Publisher: Federal Highway Administration
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HIF-16-017
  • Created Date: May 6 2016 12:54PM