Infrared Asphalt Repair & Maintenance 101
WHAT IS “INFRARED”?
Infrared is rays of light that are just below red in the spectrum. They cannot be seen but they produce heat deep inside an object, this penetration is what allows infrared asphalt heaters to heat existing asphalt without burning it.
WHERE IS INFRARED USED?
• Pothole Repair
• Adjust asphalt around catch basins and valve boxes
• Paver Seam Repair
• To create “Welded Joints” in patches or new paving
Repair minor surface imperfections like gouges, roller lines, small segregated areas, etc.
• Oil spot removal
• Wide crack repair
• Bonding speed bumps to the existing surface
• Creating rumble strips
• Broken up or cracked Asphalt
WHEN IS INFRARED USED?
Where there is standing water, frost, excessive mud or dirt on the surface
• Where the base or sub base has failed resulting in pumping or rutting
• Where the existing asphalt is too thin, 2” or less
• Where the entire surface has failed and asphalt patching not an option
• Where the existing has failed due to traffic loads exceeding the design thickness
• On surfaces that have been sealed or chip sealed with coal tar or other elusions
• Where existing asphalt is less than 2” thick infrared can be used prior to an overlay.
• On Broken up or cracked Asphalt