Asphalt pavement is utilized in a variety of different applications because of its durability, cost-effectiveness, simplicity of construction, and strength. It is the material of choice for parking lots across the nation because asphalt withstands heavier loads and, when combined with proper maintenance, lasts for many years.
In order to maximize the life of your asphalt parking lot, it is important to develop a pavement management plan involving routine inspections and ongoing preventative maintenance.
Infrared Asphalt Repair
Infrared asphalt technology is an effective solution for critical repairs. This unique method blends hot-mix asphalt right in with the original and then compacts the area to create a seamless restoration. If you notice potholes–especially in high-traffic areas, pavement heaving, uneven surfaces surrounding catch basins (this is a common problem resulting after several freeze-thaw cycles), or rough surfaces in drive lanes or parking stalls, it is a good idea to consider infrared repair.
The area to be repaired will be swept or blown clean, removing all loose aggregate, sand, and/or water. The surface area will be heated to 325 degrees for 5-10 minutes depending on the depth, season, and existing aggregate (typically 1-to-3 inches). Once the repair area has been heated, it will be raked to remove failed aggregate and a rejuvenator will be applied to replenish lost oils due to oxidation. Additional material will be applied to the area, while raking and grading it to the proper level. Once the fresh material is placed, it will be compacted with a multi-ton vibratory roller and/or vibratory plate.
Infrared rays allow deep penetration asphalt repair and reclaiming without causing burning, scaling, or separation of the asphalt from the aggregate. Additional benefits include: cost savings, as the project is completed with fewer raw materials; time savings, as this repair option takes less time than traditional asphalt resurfacing; seamless repairs, as the patch bonds to existing surface and produces no joints for water to penetrate; and fewer traffic interruptions, as the patch can be driven on almost immediately. For more information about this unique option, please contact us.