What Is Infrared Asphalt Repair?

Have you noticed cracks and potholes in your asphalt pavement? If so, you’ll want to contact a paving contractor that offers infrared asphalt repair. Unlike traditional methods, infrared asphalt repair can be done year-round and doesn’t leave behind a seam that makes pavement vulnerable to future damage.

Keep reading to learn how you could benefit from scheduling asphalt repairs that use infrared technology from B&E Coating Services.

What is infrared asphalt repair used for?

Infrared asphalt repair can be used to do anything from repairing potholes to bonding speed bumps to existing pavement. Many of our customers appreciate that there is no cold seam left behind after infrared asphalt repair.

An asphalt paving company would recommend infrared asphalt repair for:

  • Potholes
  • Cracks
  • Divots
  • Unevenness
  • Bonding speed bumps to existing pavement
  • Smooth transitions around manholes
  • And more!

What happens during infrared asphalt repair?

First, the asphalt contractor will need to remove any dirt, leaves, litter, or other debris from the surface of your pavement. Parking lot sweeping ensures that the surface is clean before your contractor begins asphalt repairs. Next, the pavement is heated to a high temperature so the top layer softens enough that it can be removed.

The amount of time needed to heat the surface depends on the season, as well as the type and depth of asphalt aggregate that needs to be removed. Each layer has to be heated individually so the lower layers are able to absorb enough heat. Once the damaged asphalt has been removed, new asphalt is applied and reheated so it creates a smooth transition to surrounding pavement. The final result is a seamless asphalt patch.

What are the benefits of infrared asphalt repair?

Infrared asphalt repair is perfect for cracks and potholes that can’t wait until spring to be repaired. Companies that use traditional methods to fill asphalt cracks and potholes have to wait until warm weather to begin repairs. However, infrared radiation (heat) softens the surface enough so layers of damaged asphalt can be quickly removed in cold weather.

Infrared asphalt repair tends to be faster than if the contractor used traditional methods, which reduces any inconvenience on your part. Another benefit of infrared asphalt repair is that you aren’t left with a cold seam where the parking lot or driveway patch meets surrounding pavement.

Do I need infrared asphalt repair?

We recommend infrared asphalt patching for cracks and potholes that can’t wait until spring for repairs. However, infrared asphalt repairs can be done year-round. The longer you wait to repair deep cracks and potholes, the more likely water will be able to penetrate the foundation to cause permanent structural damage. The sooner you schedule driveway repairs, the less money you’ll end up spending in the long run.

Our Michigan asphalt paving contractors at B&E Coating Services are dedicated to helping homeowners and business owners maintain paved surfaces. If you are interested in our asphalt repair services, which include infrared asphalt repair, give our asphalt contractors a call at 1 (800) SEAL-817.