Looking back at this article we wrote last year on our asphalt repair process not a whole lot has changed. However, we have added some updates. See them below in blue.
Cleaning the repair area is needed to properly apply tac coat which is the glue that bonds the new asphalt to the existing pavement. Failing to properly clean the area will often result in a failed repair job. This can cause the repair to crack, raise or sink while costing the client greatly as a second, more expensive repair will need to be done to the area.
Equally imporant is the timing from cleaning to repair. We never want to let much time elapse between these two processes as dirt can build up quickly. For this same reason, we often wont do repairs during times of high-wind.
Once the concrete/asphalt area is clean and dry the tac coat can be generously applied to the edges of a pothole or an entire repair area. We utilize the best possible method of tac coat application in order to be sure the coat adheres to the area in preparation for the asphalt mix. After the tac coat is dry “Hot plant mix” asphalt is applied, leveled, and compacted. Proper leveling is also paramount to the best asphalt repair jobs and Anderson & Son’s Asphalt is very careful to make sure the leveling process is done with great precision.
Potholes can form anywhere that has enough water to deteriorate asphalt and traffic that will expedite the process. We have extensive experience in repairing potholes and have mastered the technique. Our process is fast and effect while our prices are very competitive in the Pinellas County area.
One addition here is we have expanded our service area to hit Clearwater and Tampa for commercial projects.
With the exception of a street sign seen from a block away your parking lot is the first impression a customer will have of a business. That is why I (Tony Anderson, owner/operator of Anderson & Son’s Asphalt) recommend regular preventative maintenance such as, sealcoating, striping, and fixing minor repairs before they become major. Also, potholes and trip hazards due to damaged asphalt can be a liability if vehicles are damaged or people are injured by a pothole on your property.
Sometimes, you can get away with installing cold patch from your local home improvement store if the repair is not too large and the sub base is not soaked or damaged. These types of products serve their purpose as a temporary repair but won’t be a long lasting fix like “Hot plant mix” asphalt. In a more serious situation it might be necessary to dig out some of the sub base and replace it to provide a more solid foundation for the “Hot plant mix” asphalt to be installed.
More and more we are finding that customers aren’t yeilding great resutls with the DIY asphalt repair approach.
As water soaks thru cracks and erodes sub base the material under your parking is slowly sinking away which creates opportunity for your parking lot to cave in causing a pothole.
Sealcoating is necessary preventative maintenance if you want to effectively protect your parking lot from water damage. Not to mention, it looks great.
Anderson & Son’s Asphalt services Pinellas County and the surrounding areas with professional asphalt repair, maintenance, sealcoating and more. We specialize in commercial asphalt jobs but do occasionally undertake residential projects as well. Contact us today for a free quote.