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Parking Lot Potholes: Why Infrared Repair Beats Cold Patch

Infrared Asphalt Repairs vs Cold Patch

Are you tired of dealing with potholes in your parking lot? If you’re seeking a long-term solution that addresses structural issues, cold patch asphalt repair is not the answer.

Let us introduce you to infrared repair—an effective and more permanent fix for your asphalt problems. Discover why infrared repair surpasses cold patch repair and how it can benefit your commercial or industrial space.

What Causes Potholes?

Winter’s freeze-thaw cycle can be brutal on parking lots. When asphalt cracks and isn’t repaired promptly, it allows water to penetrate the surface. When the water freezes, it expands and causes small cracks to become larger. Left to themselves, large cracks become potholes. In colder climates, potholes are often caused by a combination of factors. Heavy traffic loads, particularly during the winter months, subject the asphalt to immense stress and strain. Additionally, freezing temperatures cause water to seep into cracks and crevices in the pavement. As the water freezes and expands, it exerts pressure on the asphalt, leading to its weakening and eventual deterioration. The repeated freeze-thaw cycles exacerbate the problem, causing the formation of potholes that can be hazardous to both vehicles and pedestrians. These potholes not only pose a risk of tripping and falling but can also result in severe tire damage, misalignment, and uneven tire wear.

In warmer weather, the primary culprits behind potholes are the combined effects of constant traffic loads and oxidation. The scorching heat of the sun and the presence of oxygen gradually render the asphalt brittle and more susceptible to damage. As heavy vehicles pass over the weakened asphalt, the stress and weight further contribute to its degradation. Over time, this deterioration manifests in the form of unsightly potholes, compromising the structural integrity of parking lots and roadways. Potholes in warmer climates not only detract from the aesthetics but also pose risks to drivers who may swerve to avoid them, potentially endangering nearby pedestrians. Moreover, hitting a pothole can result in tire damage, including sidewall bulges, tread separation, and flat tires, as well as throw a vehicle’s alignment off balance, leading to uneven tire wear.

How Potholes Can Be Repaired

Cold Patch Asphalt Repair

When it comes to addressing asphalt repairs in commercial or industrial spaces, it’s important to understand the limitations of cold patch repair. While this pre-packaged material can temporarily fill potholes during periods when access to hot asphalt is restricted, cold patch repair does not offer any substantial benefits to the pavement itself. Its primary purpose is to provide a quick fix for potholes, preventing trips and vehicle damage without addressing long-term pavement solutions.

Infrared Repair 

Infrared repair is a long-lasting solution to your pothole problem. But what exactly happens during this process? Infrared technology heats your current asphalt to soften it and make it pliable. It blends your old and new asphalt, and is raked and graded to the correct level. It is then compacted by a vibratory plate or roller to create a flat, cohesive surface.

With infrared asphalt repair, unwanted joints between your existing pavement and the new asphalt are eliminated, preventing moisture intrusion, cracks, and potholes in the future. Your parking lot will look much better once it undergoes this type of repair.

Asphalt Repair and Seal Coating

Why Choose the Infrared Repair Process?

1. It’s the most effective solution to potholes and other pavement problems.

Why waste your resources on other types of repair when infrared has such fantastic results?

2. It saves time and money.

Infrared is a streamlined repair process that eliminates tedious cutting and jackhammering that other repair processes include—so your parking lot is ready to use again faster. You’ll save the cash others spend on labor and materials that other methods require.

3. Its results are lasting.

While other repair methods work briefly, reliable infrared repairs last. The seams and joints left after other types of repairs open the door to water infiltration, but infrared treatment creates a solid surface that resists moisture penetration, keeping your pavement in great shape in the future.

4. Your pavement will look beautiful again.

After undergoing infrared repair, your asphalt will look great again, creating a good first impression for your customers. Your parking lot won’t crack or deteriorate during freeze-thaw cycles anymore, and will maintain its attractive appearance.

How to Minimize the Impact Potholes Have on Your Parking Lot

As a property manager, you can minimize the negative impact potholes have on your paved surfaces by ensuring your commercial parking lot and paved areas are well maintained throughout the year. A Preventative Pavement Maintenance Program is an ideal way to do that.

A full-service maintenance program includes infrared asphalt repair, seal coating, line striping, cleaning, and crack filling—to prevent further damage. You’ll double your pavement’s longevity and increase its looks while keeping your customers and vehicles safe.

You’ll love the results: filled potholes, smooth asphalt, and trouble-free paved surfaces on your commercial property.

Resolve Your Property’s Asphalt Issues

Left untreated, pothole damage only worsens, leaving you with higher repair bills and unsafe parking lot conditions. At EverLine Coatings, we offer infrared repair for your property’s potholes so your asphalt damage can be resolved.

We are fully committed to the success of your property, which is why we have a Preventative Pavement Maintenance Program. This program typically doubles the life of your pavement, so you continue to save money on your property and common area maintenance (CAM) costs.

Infrared repair is an investment in your paved areas that will cause them to last and decrease the need for asphalt repairs in the future. Learn more today about our asphalt repair services!

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