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Potholes Repair for Less

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.

Parking Lot Maintenance

Asphalt maintenance is the key to extending the life of your parking lots, walkways and sports courts. Regular parking lot maintenance and parking lot repairs can extend the life of your asphalt surfaces up to 10 years and save as much as $50,000 in parking lot replacement costs.

What Are Asphalt Pavements

• Mixture of hot asphalt cement and aggregate are combined to form hot-mix asphalt.
• Different sized aggregate is used for specific applications.
• Hot-mix asphalt is laid in specific thickness for each application.
• Asphalt material most commonly used to pave roads and parking lots.

Key to Getting Value From Asphalt Pavements

• Proper design is the first step to a long lasting parking lot.
• Proper installation.
• Proper maintenance.
• Maintenance costs run 10% to 20% of new construction cost.

Elements That Destroy Your Asphalt Surfaces

• Sunlight and oxidation cause the aggregate in the asphalt to ravel from the surface and the asphalt surface becomes brittle.
• Water penetration encourages asphalt cracking while freeze-thaw cycles widen cracks and accelerate the asphalt damage.
• Gasoline, oil and chemicals cause localized asphalt pavement failure and unsightly stains.

Other Factors That Destroy Your Asphalt Investment

• Sub-base failure. Water under the asphalt pavement can cause the base to fail.
• Intended use of the parking lot changed. Parking lot designed for car traffic, but getting truck/bus traffic will cause asphalt rutting.

Asphalt Preventative Maintenance

• A pavement maintenance program should begin within the first five years of asphalt installation and service.
• Continual evaluation of asphalt pavements to stop large problems from occurring is essential.
• Generally, the most extreme asphalt damage occurs during the winter months.

Asphalt Crack Sealing

• Cracks in asphalt surface are openings in the asphalt greater than ¼”.
• Parking lot must be cleaned of dirt and vegetation.
• Hot applied crack sealants are the best for sealing cracks in parking lots.

Asphalt Sealcoating

• Two coat asphalt sealant application is essential.
• Must contain aggregate for skid resistance.
• Protects asphalt binder from oxidation.
• Parking lot sealcoating an be done as soon as asphalt pavement is cured (3 to 6 months).

What You Don’t Know About Your Pavement May Be Costing You Money

• Parking lots and adjacent paved areas are costly expenditures for property owners.
• Getting the longest life possible from your asphalt surface makes good business sense
• Fortunately, it’s an investment you can protect easily through standard monitoring and maintenance.

Preventative Maintenance is the Key to Making Your Investment Last

• Only one thing will maximize your asphalt pavement’s life – Preventative Maintenance.
• Minor defects in the asphalt surface must be identified and repaired early, before major repairs are needed. It means sealing your asphalt pavement to keep out deteriorating elements and chemicals.
• Preventive maintenance is important because even though small fissures in the asphalt  pavement are rarely noticeable, they may develop into serious defects if not repaired early.

Bridge Full of Potholes

Potholes are a major problem for Maryland drivers this year. Potholes created during this wet and cold winter are wreaking havoc on city and state roadways. Potholes are especially severe this year because of the unusual frequency of freeze and thaw cycles coupled with lots of moisture.

As reported in the Baltimore Sun:

This winter has been especially rough on area roadways, with snow, wide temperature fluctuations and salt brine all contributing to the cracking of road surfaces. City officials have been filling hundreds of potholes a day to keep up with the tens of thousands that have cropped up since December, and they say repairs will come soon to the Hanover Street span.

As Alice Ross rumbled across Hanover Street’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge early on the morning of Baltimore’s most recent snowstorm, her Subaru smashed into a large pothole obscured by the accumulating snow.

The 61-year-old Halethorpe resident, on her way to drive a friend to a medical appointment, instead continued directly to her car dealership in Glen Burnie, she said — where she was met with a $1,100 mechanic’s bill.

“I was petrified,” Ross said of the incident, which nearly sent her off the bridge. “What upset me more than anything: It wasn’t just a pothole. There were steel bars exposed.”

Read more here.

What’s the Shelf Life of Your Potholes?

Infrared technology allows for year round pothole repair at substantial savings and improved repair life.

Pavement Corporation – Partnering with University of Maryland through MIPS (Maryland Industrial Partnerships) to focus on infrared asphalt repair as a faster, better, less expensive and more environmentally friendly way to fix asphalt.

Since 1987, the partnership program run through the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering in College Park has helped create products that generated $28.1 billion in revenue and more than 5,000 current jobs. Add Pavement Corporation to the list of past recipients which include Under Armour, Black & Decker, Hughes Network Systems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Professor Charles Schwartz is the partnering with Pavement Corporation. Professor Charles W. Schwartz is the chair of the Clark School’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Schwartz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from MIT. An international leader in the field of pavement engineering, he has published extensively in the areas of pavement analysis and design, viscoelastic-viscoplastic constitutive modeling, and pavement material characterization and testing. Schwartz has led major research projects sponsored by the National Academies, the Federal Highway Administration, and other infrastructure agencies. He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and serves on several other journal editorial boards. Schwartz currently chairs national pavement-related committees for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and for the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that span the areas of numerical analysis, pavement design and analysis, advanced soil mechanics, computational geomechanics (including pavement mechanics), and civil infrastructure systems.