There are a lot of reasons why people choose asphalt as a paving material: it’s cost-effective, it’s durable, and it’s easy to apply.
Treat your asphalt well and you’ll get years of use out of your driveway or parking lot. That means holding routine inspections and carrying out regular maintenance and repairs.
In today’s blog post, we’re going to talk about a specific type of fix for your paving material: infrared asphalt repair.
What is infrared asphalt repair?
Infrared asphalt repair is a process that involves using infrared technology to heat up asphalt until it softens to a point that the new asphalt can seamlessly blend with the old.
It’s a good method to choose if you’ve begun to notice uneven surfaces and other issues on your asphalt.
How does the process work?
Your asphalt repair contractor will begin by sweeping the area slated for repair, removing all loose aggregate, sand and/or water.
From there, the surface area is heated to 325 degrees for five to 10 minutes, depending on the season and the depth of the existing aggregate.
Once the area has been heated, workers will rake it to pull away failed aggregate, and then apply a rejuvenator to replenish oils lost to oxidation. The repair crew will then apply additional material to the area, raking and grading it to the proper level.
Finally, once the new material is in place, your asphalt repair contractor will compact it with a vibratory plate and/or a multi-ton vibratory roller.
What is infrared asphalt repair’s chief benefit?
The key benefit is that infrared rays can penetrate deep into your asphalt without causing scaling, burning or separating the asphalt from the aggregate.
But there are other reasons why you should choose infrared asphalt repair:
- It lets you recycle – You aren’t wasting good asphalt when you repair and recycle most of the current structure.
- It’s cost-efficient – You’re using much less new asphalt, and it is a process that requires less equipment and manpower.
- It’s a more long-term repair – You’ll get seamlessly welded edges, and no saw cut joints, which allow water to seep into the ground and undo repairs.
- It won’t take as long – With infrared asphalt repair, you’ll avoid the saw cutting, jackhammering, loading and disposal that come with other repair processes. You’ll be able to drive on the patched area right away.
We should note that infrared asphalt repair isn’t a magic bullet when it comes to your driveway. There are some limitations to infrared repairs.
For example, it won’t work on:
- Exposed potholes, which require removal of the pavement surrounding the pothole, compaction of existing base material and the addition of new asphalt.
- Alligator cracks, which are structural in nature and can only be addressed through a permanent removal and replacement method
- Surfaces that have been sealed or chip-sealed with coal tar and other emulsions
- Very thin – two inches or less – sections of asphalt
Does it seem like infrared asphalt repair is right for your driveway or parking lot? Contact Beckage Sealcoating. Our team can work with you to determine the best repair for your property and have your asphalt looking its best once again.