Asphalt Restoration – What You Need to Know About Infrared Patching
Whenever possible, it makes more sense to repair and restore asphalt surfaces, as opposed to replacing them. This not only saves time, it can me a much more cost-effective alternative as well. One increasingly popular method that is being used more commonly these days is infrared asphalt patching.
This approach has proven to be highly effective in projects as large scale as road repair. So surely it should be good enough to rely on to improve the look, performance and overall condition of your parking lot. To get started, it helps to have a little more information about the process and technology itself.
Learning the Basics
As the name would imply, infrared asphalt patching is the method of using infrared heating to repair or restore asphalt surfaces. Some of what you need to know about this process is:
It does not take a great deal of time to use this approach to heating certain sections. In most cases it takes less than 10 (approximately 8 minutes to be exact) to soften the asphalt. Of course there are factors that can impact this heating time such as the presence of moisture or the current weather condition.
Generally, the heating process needs to permeate down to approximately 1 ½ – 2 inches, at a minimum. This is essential for being able to utilize this process in order to make actual repairs to your asphalt surface.
Finally, the temperature is the main goal. It is important to reach and exceed a temperature of 425. It is a fairly delicate balance because if the temperature reaches or exceeds 500 degrees, the risk of burning the material occurs. Luckily, with infrared, being able to achieve and maintain a steady temperature level is quite possible.
Keep in mind that this process may not be ideal for areas that have been sealed with coal tar, oxidized or raveled pavement. The smart way to make the most of this project is to find the right experts to work with in order to get the results that you want.
The Name to Trust
All Ways Paving & Plowing is the name that you can call on for all of your Chicago infrared asphalt patching. With over 70 years of combined experience between our expert crew, you can feel good about the results that we will deliver for you.
The first thing that we can do is professionally assess your individual situation. From there, we can recommend which approach would work best for you. Don’t settle for less than the best when it comes to your essential asphalt work.