Two Different Ways To Repair Asphalt

Asphalt is used in many places. It's used for driveways and roads. Sidewalks are also often made of asphalt. This petroleum-based material is generally fairly durable. Once it gets applied, it can last fairly well. However, even with the fact that asphalt can last for some time, it can and will start to break down. When that happens, it's time to start doing some repairs. 

How to Repair Asphalt

There are two different ways to repair asphalt. 

Cold patch 

Asphalt is generally applied hot. That's because the bitumen, the petroleum-based part of asphalt and the part of asphalt that holds everything together, works best when it is applied hot. However, patches can be applied cold. Those patches are very good for things like potholes or any other kinds of holes or large cracks. The biggest reason to use cold patch asphalt repair is that it is quick and easy to apply. A truck that is full of cold patch asphalt can drive down the road and stop at any hole in the road. Repair people can fill up the hole with the material and pack it into the pothole so that it is smooth and ready to go. 

The biggest benefit of this material is that it is quick and easy to use. It also doesn't need to cool down before it can be driven over. Potholes can be repaired in any weather. The drawback is that while cold patch is a good patching material, it is better used on roads that don't carry heavy traffic. It is also better for smaller potholes.

Hot patch

Hot patch can be applied in the same way that the cold patch was applied. It is held at a certain temperature so that it stays in a more malleable state. Like the cold patch, it can be shoveled into the hole and then packed down into the hole so that it is nice and smooth. 

The benefits of using this patch material is that it is better used for medium to large holes. It is also better used on heavily trafficked roads. The drawback is that it can't be applied in colder weather. The material doesn't stay at the right temperature long enough in order to patch well. That means if a winter patch is necessary, it can't be done with this material. 

Asphalt is a very useful material. Roads, driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks are made out of asphalt because it is easy to use and has a reasonably decent lifespan. When choosing the right asphalt for you, consult a professional, like Lakeridge Paving Company.