Grilling Roads: 8 Tips to Know About When Opting for Infrared Asphalt Repairs

Grilling Roads: 8 Tips to Know About When Opting for Infrared Asphalt Repairs

The initial signs of cracked driveways, alligatored parking lots and birdbath pavement ruts can be an eyesore in otherwise well-kept neighborhoods such as the pristine beach city of Bonita Springs, FL. When filing out for asphalt repair, you have the conventional filling, sealing, or repaving options that, though good on their own, are sometimes heavy on the wallet. If you’re looking for a cheaper option for minor pavement cracks, then comes the infrared asphalt contractors (yup, that’s us!).

Infrared asphalt repair is cheaper because it involves the reuse of the older asphalt to fix damaged patches. It is a long-term solution for minor pavement damage. We suggest a complete patch and overlay repair for advanced pavement failure (yup, we do that too!), followed by timely seal coating. It results in a slightly costlier repair receipt, but for quality repaving work, it’s worth it!

Infrared asphalt repair is pretty straightforward, but subtle tips will make the repairs elevate your property’s curb appeal and pavement life, way above appealing.

1. Ensure the pavement is clean of soil, leaves, mud, snow, and oils. Clean the pavement with a masonry brush or broom; power wash is good enough but allow the pavement to completely dry before rolling in the IR repair equipment.

2. The usual application time for an IR chamber over the damaged pavement is 10 minutes at 350 degrees, but factor in the seasonal temperature to adjust for summer and winter application times. Missing this step is what causes uneven and coagulated asphalt consistency in winters.

3. Always check the thickness of the existing pavement before applying the IR chamber. The standard is 2 inches of asphalt over the binder layer for fresh pavements, so account for the mix of old and new asphalt to maintain the average pavement thickness.

4. 13 x 6 ft IR chambers are ideal for large sections in serial IR asphalt patching. They can be back-mounted to a truck or the front of a tractor for more maneuverability.

5. The moment the IR chamber is lifted off the pavement patch, immediately get to work using a scarifier to disturb and redistribute the heated asphalt before it cools down.

6. Applying an asphalt rejuvenator right after scarifying ensures better adsorption and restoration. Rejuvenators are like essential oils for restoring the oxidized nature of the old pavement.

7. Never skip out on compaction. Use a multi-toned roller or a vibrating compactor plate to stabilize and compact the site.

8. A word of caution, IR asphalt repairs work best for pavement damaged only through the asphalt layer. If the potholes and raveling are deep into the pavement, you need a hot/cold asphalt patch repair or a complete overlay.

If you have managed your team right, the job gets done in 20 minutes tops, per patch. It is quick and eco-friendly because infrared technology reduces the need for new asphalt by almost half. IR asphalt repair also does not have a significant carbon footprint as compared to conventional minor repair methods.

At DG Pavement Solutions, we deal in all our that our name says. For free estimates on an IR asphalt repair job, feel free to get in touch! We are active all across the south-western side of the Sunshine State!