The Basics Of Asphalt Patching
Taking a walk around one’s neighborhood will yield an observation on how widespread the use of asphalt is as a surface for roads, walkways, driveways, parking lots, and even in some play courts. As these are normally being used on a daily basis, the asphalt surface is subjected to constant stress. Normal wear and tear, as well as exposure to the elements and weather changes, lead to the deterioration of the asphalt over time. This deterioration will manifest in the cracks and potholes that appear on the asphalt surface.
When these signs of deterioration appear, it is important to undergo surface asphalt patching right away. Doing so will ensure that the potholes or cracks won’t grow bigger and that repair expenses will be minimized. Homeowners can easily perform asphalt repair on their damaged driveways or play courts. In their case, this means placing asphalt filler or material on top of the damaged surface. There are two ways that a homeowner can go about the patching job: patching with cold or hot asphalt.
The simplest and easiest method would be to go with applying the cold asphalt. An example of cold asphalt material would be the Cold Asphalt Patching Compound from Asphalt Kingdom. A patching project done with this product is reduced to three steps. First, you clear the pothole or damaged area free of any loose material, rocks, or debris. After that, just pour the bucket of Cold Asphalt Patch into the pothole and spread the material until a small mound is formed over it. The Cold Asphalt Patch comes in a 50-lb bag.
The third step would be to tamp the material down into the hole using a tamper, a shovel, or even by driving over one’s vehicle back and forth until the surface has leveled. Needless to say, it is advised to open the repair site to vehicular traffic right after this patching process. This way, the patch will be compacted and melded tightly into the existing asphalt surface.
Undertaking the patching of a damaged asphalt surface with hot asphalt is a longer process that requires additional tools, equipment, and expertise. Care should be observed when working with hot asphalt as it can cause serious burns on the skin. You will also need equipment to melt the asphalt, a specially designed box that will keep the hot asphalt at its melting temperature while the patching process is underway. Without this box, the hot asphalt patching is not possible because the asphalt will revert to its solid form.
Expertise or skill is required in this process because the hot asphalt has to be leveled at the right thickness. Leveling has to be done quickly while the asphalt is still hot and pliable. Due to the inherent danger, costs, and demands in terms of skill, working with hot asphalt is actually advised only for professionals. Homeowners who attempt this must have considerable experience and success with DIY home projects.
When deterioration of asphalt goes beyond mere potholes, such as when the foundation itself has deteriorated, surface asphalt patching even with hot asphalt will not suffice. Removing the deteriorated asphalt and replacing it entirely is recommended in this case.