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How Does Synthetic Asphalt Repair Work?

synthetic asphalt repair

When you think about it, your driveway sees a lot of traffic.

Maybe not as much traffic as, say, the road you take to work or even the street that goes past your house, but there’s still a steady flow of vehicles pulling into your drive on a regular basis.

You and your family members’ cars, visitors, repair crews, delivery drivers: Add in the effects of time and weather, and eventually, you’ll have a driveway that has seen better days.

That’s where synthetic asphalt repair comes into play. Some homeowners choose to use cold patch to fix their asphalt driveways, but we’d argue that synthetic asphalt repair is the better option. Here’s why.

Why synthetic asphalt repair?

With synthetic asphalt, your driveway will be ready for traffic within two hours. Cold patch takes much longer to harden, making your driveway inaccessible for longer stretches. This is because cold asphalt contains oils that won’t adhere right away to sealcoating after installation.

Synthetic repair job specifications

First, the repair areas will be cleaned and prepared with a rotary or manual broom with high-tensile strength steel bristles.

From there, the area that needs repairs is torch-heated at 250,000 BTUs to form a secure bond. The excavated area will be tamped down mechanically, and if an unstable sub-base is encountered during prep work, additional excavation and material will be needed.

Once that’s done, the repair crew will compress up to three inches of synthetic asphalt over the prepared area. These repairs can be sealcoated immediately.

How do I know I need synthetic asphalt repair?

Not every asphalt problem is as obvious as a big pothole in the road. Here are a few signs that your driveway might need repairs:

1. Water isn’t draining

Are puddles lingering in your driveway? It could be a sign that you need repairs. Standing water can seep below the surface of the drive and affect the binding agents, leading to cracks or even potholes.

2. Warping

Warped asphalt happens because of heavy traffic, or an insufficient base. Whether you need a simple touch up or a more dramatic replacement is a question an asphalt repair company can help answer.

3. Alligator cracks

So named for their alligator-skin appearance, these cracks are shallow and often require a full-depth reclamation to fix, depending on their width.

4. Fading and stains

Automotive fluids and other chemicals can eat away at the binding agents in your driveway’s asphalts, while sunlight exposure can turn the drive from a deep black to a dull grey.

5. Sinking

Your driveway sits atop a bed of crushed or compacted stone. When this stone base erodes, the driveway base can begin to sink. This is often a sign that nearby downspouts are depositing water too close to the surface.

If you’ve spotted these or any other issues in your driveway, Beckage Sealcoating can help. For nearly 25 years, we’ve helped homeowners in New Jersey diagnose the problems ailing their asphalt and find the most effective way to fix them.

Whether you need sealcoating, synthetic asphalt repair or want to repave your driveway, we have the expertise to make your home look its best. Contact us today to learn more.

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