On the surface, infrared asphalt patching seems like a pretty simple and straightforward process. However, the reality is that it takes experience, specialized equipment, and years of training to ensure a seamless asphalt repair. Here in Nashville, asphalt patching is big business. Here is what every home and business owner should know about using radiant heat for driveway and parking lot repairs.
Infrared asphalt patching cost less.
Infrared asphalt repair utilizes a heater that warms the asphalt up to 325°. Once heated to the appropriate temperature, the old, damaged asphalt is expertly scraped away. This allows for a seamless repair that requires fewer raw materials. Because of this, and because infrared repairs may be performed year-round, it is a much less expensive option than traditional fixes.
Sealcoating and asphalt patching are not the same thing.
Many home and business owners contact Hargrove Sealcoating to inquire about asphalt patching and sealcoating. An unfortunate few are unaware of the differences between the two. Sealcoating adds a rejuvenating layer to an entire driveway or parking lot. It is considered a maintenance step and should be performed every few years. Infrared asphalt patching uses hot mix asphalt to finish out repairs on localized cracked or damaged surfaces.
Many factors affect infrared heat.
The ambient temperature and the thickness of the damaged asphalt have a significant effect on how long it takes for repairs to be completed. Most minor repairs require a heating time of approximately five to 10 minutes. During Nashville’s infamous heat waves, infrared asphalt patching may take even less time.
Asphalt patching is not recommended during inclement weather.
While cold and heat are usually not a problem, both sealcoating and asphalt patching should be avoided during rain, hail, and snow. This is because water can evaporate during the infrared heating process. This could result in more damage than originally intended. If patched incorrectly, a paving contractor may have to come in after the fact and replace a large section of the driveway or parking lot.
Preparation is the most important part of the process.
At Hargrove Sealcoating, we take pride in being prepared for every job we do. When it is time to pull out that infrared repair tools, we pay special attention to what happens before the new material is layed. When the old asphalt is removed, our experienced asphalt patching specialists square and taper the edges, which creates a strong bond between old and new.
Infrared asphalt patching is long-lasting.
Because there are no seams, water has less of a chance to get between the repaired area and the original surface. This equates to less damage from water and ice.
If you are a home or business owner in need of asphalt patching, repair, or sealcoating, contact Hargrove Sealcoating today. A friendly service advisor is available during working hours to answer your questions by calling 931.619.6718.