How Infrared Asphalt Repair Outperforms Other Methods

Infrared asphalt is hands-down the best way to repair blacktop. It's easy to do and considered the most durable, long-lasting way to fix damaged blacktop.

Judson Burdon
Posted by Judson Burdon on January 03

Infrared asphalt is hands-down the best way to repair blacktop. It's the most durable, long-lasting way to fix damaged blacktop, and best of all, it's easy to do. Learn more about why it's a good choice and how to use it to benefit your business in this article.

Why Infrared Asphalt Repair Outlasts Other Methods

This is the only rejuvenation method where no seams are left behind after the work is done. The machine heats the blacktop so there is no cutting, chiselling, or sawing needed. You simply rake the heated pavement, and add fresh asphalt from the hot box as needed to top up and refresh.

Before and After Infrared Asphalt Repair

On the other hand a pothole traditionally filled with hot asphalt mix is going to have a joint between the old, cold pavement and the new hot mix. With infrared asphalt there will never be a seam for water to get into and erode the blacktop.

How Infrared Asphalt Repair Outperforms Other Methods

RY2X2 asphalt equipment for infrared asphalt repair

Just because something is the longest-lasting fix doesn't always mean that it's easy to do, cost-effective, or a time-saver. In this case it does! When you repair blacktop with other methods, there is a lot more labor needed to prepare. For example:

  • Potholes and chuckholes need the edges cut straight and squared up.
  • Cracks and holes need debris removed and to be topped up with gravel/sand.
  • Depressions and high spots need cutting out entirely to level and refill.

Infrared asphalt repair eliminates all those steps. Not to mention you won't need to spend as much money on product since you're recycling what's already there (no crack filler needed, either!). The machine does all that work for you, making it a time-saver and making it cost-effective. Plus, you can earn $300 in 7 Minutes with an infrared asphalt machine.  

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Your Season for Blacktop Repair Is Extended

Since this machinery heats the existing pavement to temperatures of over 300ºF (the same as new hot mix) your season is far longer. Work with this equipment in far colder temperatures than you can normally patch in - even in changeable weather - just like laying new hot pavement. Plus, infrared asphalt repair can be done in minutes, unlike other ways where so much time must be spent in prep.

What Infrared Asphalt Can't Fix

As good as this equipment is, it cannot fix a damaged foundation. When the very base that the pavement depends on is failing, there is no miracle cure. This is true for all ways to repair blacktop: the foundation must be solid for any successful work to be done.

How-To Guide:

  1. Heat the damaged pavement with the equipment
  2. Rake while hot, adding fresh heated mix from the hot box as needed (slightly overfill)
  3. Tamp the area flat to compress with a vibrating plate. Note: High spots will need hot mix removed, not topped up!

Bonus Tip: Not only can infrared asphalt repair be a better way to fill cracks than traditional crackfiller, it's an effective way to smooth and eliminate alligator cracking.

Infrared asphalt is a complete game-changer in how to repair blacktop. Your business will grow quickly with this asphalt recycling method. It's green. It's less expensive than replacement. It outlasts all other methods as no seams or joints are created. It outperforms other methods with the elimination of sawing and cutting prep. And it extends your season since infrared asphalt can be used in colder temperatures and changeable weather. Infrared asphalt repair is simply the best way to repair blacktop.

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Topics: Asphalt Maintenance

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