Asphalt is a common material used for parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks. Over time, asphalt can crack or become damaged due to weathering and wear and tear. When this happens, it’s important to repair the damage as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration. But what are the best methods for repairing asphalt? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at three different types of asphalt repair techniques.
The three most common types of asphalt repair techniques are cold patching, hot patching, and overlay.
Cold Patching: Cold patching is a temporary fix that involves filling in the damaged area with a cold mix of asphalt. This type of repair is typically used for small cracks or potholes. Cold patching is a quick and easy solution, but it’s not meant for long-term use. The cold mix will eventually break down and need to be replaced.
Hot Patching: Hot patching is a more permanent solution than cold patching. It involves heating up the damaged area and then filling it in with hot asphalt. Hot patching provides a stronger seal than cold patching, so it’s less likely to need repairs in the future. However, hot patching is more expensive than cold patching because it requires specialized equipment.
Overlay: An overlay is when a new layer of asphalt is laid over the existing surface. This method is typically used when the surface has extensive damage or if the original surface wasn’t installed properly. Overlays can be done with either hot or cold asphalt, but hot asphalt provides a stronger bond between the old and new surfaces.
Asphalt repair is an important part of maintaining your property. When choosing a repair method, it’s important to consider the extent of the damage, your budget, and how long you need the repair to last. For small cracks or holes, cold patches are a quick and easy solution. For larger areas of damage, hot patches provide a stronger seal that will last longer. And for extensive damage or poorly installed surfaces, overlays are the best option. If you have any questions about which repair method is right for you, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.