Carthage FX®-A/O Series of Asphalt Overlay Fabrics

paving geotextiles

Nonwoven Geotextiles for Asphalt Overlay – SERIES DESCRIPTION

Carthage Mills’ nonwoven geotextiles for asphalt overlay are specially needle-punched and are also heat-set to provide an economic solution to extending the useful life of pavement overlays.

Reflective cracking – the reproduction of cracks from the original pavement through the new overlay – is the most common cause of asphalt overlay fatigue and failure. Furthermore, these cracks allow surface water to penetrate downward through the pavement, saturating and weakening the subgrade, and also accelerating fatigue cracking. Specially developed and additionally tested geotextiles have been proven to inhibit this process and extend the useful life of the asphalt overlay and pavement system.

Carthage Mills’ FX-A/O Series of Asphalt Overlay fabrics, when installed on a properly prepared surface and sufficient tack coat, therefore improve the performance of asphalt road surfacing and resurfacing up to 50% by reducing the causes of overlay fatigue failure.

Carthage Mills’ FX-38A/O, FX-42A/O and FX-46A/O are nonwoven geotextiles designed specifically for asphalt overlay applications. Constructed of 100% polypropylene needle punched and heat–set fibers, their ease of installation and also superior performance in the field has found favor with owners as well as contractors alike.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS of Nonwoven Geotextiles for Asphalt Overlay

Carthage Mills’ FX-A/O Series of nonwoven polypropylene fabrics are specially designed for new asphalt overlays and also chip seal surface treatments, and provide:

  • STRESS-RELIEVING INTERLAYER: Inhibits the formation and also continuing cycle of reflective cracking. Effects of freeze/thaw are also minimized.
  • IMPROVED ADHESION / BONDING: High retention of asphalt tack coats as well as resistance to fabric delaminating.
  • WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE: Engineered for maximum asphalt tack coats and also prevents the penetration of surface water into the subgrade.
  • HIGH SEAM STRENGTHS: Achieve the high seam strengths that are essential in all closure and confinement applications, and additionally allows for seaming to run perpendicular to the centerline in highway construction.
  • CAN MORE THAN DOUBLE THE LIFE OF CHIP SEAL TREATMENTS: High Cost/Benefit Ratio through the addition of elastic waterproofing membrane and interlayer.


Carthage Mills’ FX-A/O Series of nonwoven Asphalt Overlay fabrics are ideal for:

  • Highways as well as Streets
  • Parking Lots
  • Airports
  • Bridges
  • Basketball Courts
  • Driveways
  • Tennis Courts
  • Chip Seal Applications