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Make Sure to Get Those Potholes Fixed for Winter

You may have noticed potholes popping up in your parking lot on your property. While potholes are anything but convenient, we’re here to let you know why you should call Asphalt Pavement Solutions to come out and fix them before the bitter cold months hit. Continue reading for some quick background on how moisture can cause damage to your lot and how our solutions can help. Read More→

Why Infrared Asphalt Repair and Patching is Very Effective

Why Infrared Asphalt Repair and Patching is Very EffectiveAsphalt contractors can use a variety of methods to patch or repair pavement. The most commonly used method is also the oldest and is called remove and replace. This method requires cutting out the damaged area, having hot mix asphalt trucked in, spreading new asphalt and compacting it. It is a time-consuming, labor-intensive method that can significantly disrupt traffic patterns, sometimes for days.

Why Infrared Asphalt Repair and Patching is Very Effective – How It Works

With the infrared method, the damaged area is heated in place. Once it is soft and pliable, new asphalt is blended into the old. In most cases, none of the existing asphalt is lost. A typical repair can often be made in minutes, rather than the hours required for the traditional method. Normal traffic flow can resume in as little as one or two hours.

The speed of the repair is not the only major advantage to the infrared method. Infrared patches are almost undetectable; the edges are blended so smoothly into the existing pavement that the result does not mar the beauty of your surface. Because new asphalt is combined with the old, there are no seams that can fail and require subsequent repairs. The blending of old and new asphalt also creates a strong bond that will often allow the patched area to last as long as the rest of the pavement.

Because there is no need to truck in hot-mix asphalt, the infrared method can be used even if the asphalt processing plant is closed. Furthermore, it is a viable option when the weather is too cold to permit hot mix to be transported to the site in workable condition.

Although infrared technology has been used in the asphalt industry for approximately three decades, the cost of the equipment prevented many contractors from adopting the method. As technology has advanced, equipment costs have dropped, making infrared asphalt repairs an economical solution.

Asphalt Pavement Solutions is a full-service asphalt repair and maintenance provider. Since 1983, we have been serving the asphalt-related needs of customers throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Whether you need your asphalt pavement repaired, or sealcoating, we have well-trained, experienced crews who can deliver superior results at competitive rates. We also offer a full range of parking lot services, from installing bollards and concrete repair or parking lot striping the lot and installing traffic signs. You can use our online form to request a free quote. If you prefer, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-559-SEAL or locally at (856) 461-1710.

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What causes potholes?

The amount of potholes we see this spring may be unprecedented due to the overwhelming amount of snow and ice we’ve received this winter. Municipalities and commercial property owners all over the country have already begun to speak out about the seriousness of the problem. Although a pothole may only be a few inches deep, as it progresses larger potholes can cause major problems on roads and in parking lots. For commercial property owners it’s important to begin fixing these problems as soon as possible to avoid extensive – and expensive – problems throughout 2014.

Where do potholes come from?

Potholes are most often the result of pavement fatigue, caused by the natural process of aging. After several years of exposure to weather and traffic, pavement can begin to lose it’s flexibility and resistance to water. Additionally, if proper drainage isn’t maintained throughout the surrounding property, water can be directed towards pavement and begin washing out the lower layers of its structure. If these issues aren’t addressed with proper maintenance and timely repair, cracks begin to form on the surface and allow water to seep beneath the pavement. Once this occurs the base material will be disrupted and extensive cracking will ensue. As cars and trucks drive over the damaged area, chunks of pavement will begin to come out of place. As the pavement is pulled up the pothole begins to form and will continue until it is fixed OR makes the pavement unusable.

It doesn’t have to happen

The best cure for potholes is proper maintenance and timely repair. The first step in proper preventative maintenance is asphalt sealcoating. Sealcoating a parking lot or drive within the first year after it is installed, and every 3 to 5 thereafter, will greatly increase the pavement lifespan. When cracks begin to appear it is critical that they are sealed as soon as possible to prevent water and chemicals from penetrating deep into the pavement layers. If you suspect drainage issues, be sure to fix those immediately as well.

Without question, all pavements have a finite lifespan, but proper maintenance and repair can greatly extend – and even double its service life. Not only is this good for business, but also good for your bottom line. Learn more about our cutting-edge infrared pothole repair service.

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Asphalt Pavement Solutions are professionals in asphalt repair and maintenance with over 30 years experience. If you would like to get started or have questions, please call us at 1-800-559-SEAL or fill out the Free Job Quote today. 

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