The Murfreesboro area can finally see an end to winter on the horizon. However, as the sun lingers, it sheds more light on potential problems that may have developed on asphalt surfaces over the winter. Fortunately, asphalt repair methods, such as cold patching and infrared asphalt restoration, are readily available to home and business owners throughout Rutherford County.

Here, we will take a look at common asphalt patching methods used throughout Murfreesboro and the surrounding counties.

Cold patching

Cold patch repairs are relatively easy, and typically only require the asphalt material, a hand tamper, and a shovel. Homeowners may purchase cold patching materials at the hardware store, but should understand this is only a temporary measure until professional asphalt patching is available.

Skin patching

You can think of a skin patch like a Band-Aid for an asphalt surface. While it will last a bit longer than a cold patch, this is also an emergency/temporary solution. Skin patching is usually used in high-traffic areas. For example, a city street or parking lot with many potholes. Murfreesboro city leaders may opt for this type of asphalt patching at the end of winter if there is little money left in the road repair budgets. Because this is only a surface repair, it is susceptible to the elements, and rain and late-season freezing can cause it to crack and crumble.

Infrared asphalt restoration

Infrared asphalt restoration is a permanent solution for home and business owners that do not want to have to pay for patching twice. Infrared asphalt restoration requires specialized equipment, which includes a heater that puts direct heat onto the area to be repaired. Hot asphalt, which is kept warm independently of an asphalt plant, is used to fill any holes that require repair. The biggest benefit to infrared asphalt repair, particularly in Murfreesboro, where the weather can change quickly, is that temperature does not play a factor into when it may be completed.

Cut and removal

Infrared asphalt restoration is ideal for potholes and other damaged areas. However, extensive surface damage, such as alligator-cracked pavement, may require more in-depth repairs. In this case, Hargrove Sealcoating utilizes precision equipment to remove cracked and damaged pavement. Technicians then apply a hot-mix asphalt, which is compacted/with the existing surface. The repaired area is then immediately sealed to prevent further damage from water or ice infiltration.

Which is best?

Each of the above methods come with pros and cons. Cold patching is cheaper and can keep your car from bottoming out in a pinch. However, asphalt repair is not considered a DIY job, and only a professional in the industry can evaluate the extent of damage and make a recommendation for a permanent solution.

Hargrove Sealcoating offers a number of options for Murfreesboro residents in need of asphalt patching and repairs. Whether you have a large parking lot or a small driveway, we have crews available that can ease your asphalt woes. For more information, contact us at 931.619.6718.