It’s that time of year again – Pothole Season. As a business owner and/or property manager, potholes and other pavement damage to your roads and parking not only hurt your car, but they also hurt your business. They make your business appear unprofessional, unsafe, and ultimately unreliable. After all, your roads and parking lots are often times your customer’s first impression, and as you know, first impressions can make or break a deal.
So why aren’t more property managers fixing pavement problems? As with most repair and maintenance issues, it all boils down to two things – money and time. Asphalt repairs end up being too costly or there is simply no time to deal with the inconvenience of parking lot or roadway repairs. However, there is a fairly new infrared asphalt repair technology that is proving to be the answer to most parking lot and road repair nightmares. It’s faster, costs less, less disruptive, and can be done all year round.
So how does it work? Here at Pavement Corporation, we have a dedicated team of Pothole Pros who specialize in the infrared asphalt repair process.
Here’s how they do it:
In short, the basic steps of infrared technology are as follows:
Step 1: Heat the existing asphalt
Step 2: Rake the existing asphalt and add rejuvenating solution
Step 3: New asphalt mixed with existing as needed
Step 4: Area compacted to grade with seamless repair
Benefits of infrared technology for potholes repair include:
Easy enough? Prince George’s County, Maryland thinks so. Pavement Corporation, thanks to a two-year pilot program, will be using the cheaper, more effective and environmentally friendly infrared asphalt repair process to fix potholes in Prince George’s County year-round. The new process was validated for quality assurance through a year-long study at the University of Maryland by Charles Schwartz, chair and professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
“Potholes are a quality of life issue, especially for people in Prince George’s County,” said Derrick Davis, vice chair of the County Council. “We are excited and proud of this program between Prince George’s County and Pavement Corporation, as it employs the latest technologies to save our taxpayers millions of dollars in car repairs through faster, longer-lasting pothole patches performed year-round.”
For more information about infrared asphalt repair technology or to request a quote, please contact us.
Paving repair is an important component of parking lot annual maintenance that will result in longer asphalt life and lower replacement cost. Sealcoating is a significant ingredient in a paving repair program.
Sealcoating protects and prolongs the life of any parking lot by filling surface holes which reduces exposure to ultraviolet rays, oxygen and the depth to which gas or oil can penetrate the pavement. Over time, the surface oxidizes and becomes faded in appearance. Fresh sealcoat paving repair adds new life to pavement in appearance and use.
There are two methods to apply sealcoat: either spray or squeegee. However, before pavement sealing can begin, the surface must be free of all dirt and debris, cracks need to be filled, potholes repaired, and oil spots must be cleaned or primed to ensure better adhesion to the surface. The air and pavement temperature should be ideally at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit during application and for 8 hours afterward. It is best to keep traffic off a newly sealed surface for 18-36 hours to allow for proper drying and cooling time.
The price of asphalt will always be affected by crude oil prices, which fluctuate when supplies vary. Sealcoating preserves asphalt for pennies per square foot.
Sealcoats generally consist of a mixture of emulsified asphalt, water, mineral fillers, and various other admixtures. Sealcoats are applied directly to the surface of an asphalt pavement. They can be applied by rubber squeegee, broom, or mechanical spray.
Sealcoats serve to seal the top of the asphalt, preventing water from penetrating the surface of the pavement and protecting the top layer of asphalt from oxidation and wear caused by exposure to the sun and air. Sealcoats also beautify the pavement by providing a smooth, black, even surface ideal for painting lines and sweeping.
Sealcoats are designed for off highway use where there are low traffic speeds and tight turning radiuses such as parking lots, mobile home parks, schools, shoulders, etc.