Help Your Parking Areas Survive the Winter
Winter is upon us, and for those of us who live, work and play in the Mid-Atlantic Region, that means freezing temperatures and the threat of ice and snow. Perhaps you prepared in the fall by having your asphalt surfaces seal coated or resurfaced. Maybe difficult economic times prevented you from doing any replacement or maintenance at all. Either way, it’s not too late to evaluate your asphalt surfaces for areas that could be problematic for snow removal and help prevent those areas from further deterioration and becoming a liability.
Problem Areas Be Gone! Infrared Repair
Asphalt Repair is a beneficial process which helps maintain the smoothness and life of your paved surfaces. It can be used for anything from repairing cracks and low spots to smoothing manhole cover transitions. It can be performed in temperatures as low as 10 degrees below zero, which is great news for property owners and managers living and working in less temperate climates. It’s environmentally friendly, cost effective and in most cases, the repaired area can be opened up to traffic in one to two hours. Asphalt Contractors
How it Works
The area to be repaired is marked then heated with an infrared panel until it becomes hot mix again, without burning the asphalt. The area is then raked and additional hot mix is blended in. Next it is leveled and smoothed to the appropriate grade and compacted (edges first), creating a thermal bond between the patch and the existing asphalt. This reduces or eliminates the ability of water to seep into the seams, keeping it from reaching the base of your parking area, freezing and potentially causing further harm to your surface.
Who Can Benefit from Infrared Repair?
Commercial and Residential customers alike can benefit from the use of infrared repair. Infrared units come in different sizes, allowing contractors the benefit of using the right sized tool for the job. A smaller unit is perfect for repairing residential driveways and walking paths or areas that are in “hard to reach” sections of the property. Larger units can handle bigger, more open areas in need of repair.
Choosing Your Asphalt Professional
You’ve evaluated your asphalt and found what could be potential problem areas. The first step is to contact a trusted, reliable professional in your area. Look for a company that has done commercial and residential work, has been in business for an extended period of time and most importantly, has experience in infrared repair technology. A company that owns its infrared equipment (as opposed to leasing or renting) probably has a good deal of experience using this equipment. Be sure to check out the business’s rating. Good sources for ratings are your local Better Business Bureau, Google Reviews and Manta.com – best of all, these resources are free to consumers!