There are several types of asphalt crack repair equipment on the market. If you’re a property owner with a big parking lot to keep in top shape, you will find that these machines save you time and money. The different types include those machines designed to prepare the surface, those designed to heat the crack filler, those designed for application and then there are combination type machines that include all or most of those features.
Since the first step is preparing the surface, this is the first piece of machinery to consider. While it is possible to clean out cracks with a screwdriver and some weed killer, it takes longer to do it by hand. If you have a large area to work on, a professional crack-cleaning system may be the right choice.
Professionals use these systems to clean, dry, etch, blow out and remove vegetation with heat. This machine cuts out the wait time. You will be ready to clean the cracks immediately.
Many property owners use smaller crack-cleaners that do not make use of heat, but do include a wire wheel that removes debris and gets rid of any plants that may be growing in the cracks. Blowers or air compressors are another option for removing debris. However, they don’t do anything to get rid of plant material.
The next piece of crack repair equipment to consider is a heater for melting hot pour filler. There are cold pour fills available for homeowners. The cold pour simply doesn’t look as professional and is not as long lasting.
The heaters sometimes come with an applicator attachment and wheels so that you can walk behind the unit as you fill your cracks. These are especially nice for long cracks. They may not be necessary for small cracks.
This wheeled heater-applicator combination is basically all-in-one crack repair equipment. The only thing the combo machines cannot do is prepare the surface. Since preparing the surface is an important part of the process, the prep tools are important. If you have a lot of cracks, you are not going to want to get on your hands and knees with a screwdriver to clean out the cracks.
The final piece of equipment you might want to think about buying is a sand-liner. The sand-liner makes it easy to finish the filled cracks with sand, which makes the repair more durable and longer lasting.
If your parking lot is not a large one, you might not need every piece of crack repair equipment described here. But now that you know what’s available, it should be easier for you to decide which machines to buy.