Pothole Repair Methods: Cold Patch vs. Hot Mix Asphalt Repair
We at Lincoln Construction Group have spoken previously about the need for regular asphalt maintenance and repair. Sometimes it can be done simply, while other times it takes a lot of work. We also acknowledge that asphalt repair in Toronto needs a bit more attention than in other locations because of the distinct change in seasons.
There are different ways to handle asphalt repair. The two we will be describing in this article are cold patch vs. hot mix asphalt repair. Understanding the difference between the two is important for also understanding the implications on durability, cost, and other factors that require consideration.
What is Cold Patch Asphalt Repair and Its Purpose?
Cold patch asphalt repair is often referred to as the “do-it-yourself” kind of method. Basically, property owners take on the initiative of purchasing ready-made, polymer modified asphalt themselves, then pouring the fill over the hole and packing it in as best they can. The mix dries quickly and the surface is ready to use usually within three hours. As you can imagine, this is only a temporary fix and cannot be considered a long-term solution.
Particularly in climates that are similar to Toronto, where the hot is really hot and the cold can get just as bad on the other end of the spectrum, cold patching is only to be done as a quick-fix solution. Rain and traffic will quickly reduce the surface back to where it was before the cold patch. Not only is it, again, not a viable long-term solution, but for the safety of the guests that frequent your parking lot, it is not the safest means of addressing damaged asphalt.
What is Hot Mix Asphalt Repair and Its Purpose?
Hot mix asphalt is a much more effective and long-term answer. It is a solution composed nearly entirely of gravel, sand, or stone and held together by asphalt cement. This is not something for the do-it-yourselfers; the hot mix is heated to over 400 degrees and carried in trucks to the appropriate property, where heavy rollers do the work of filling the holes and repairing any damaged asphalt. Once the mix hardens, it bonds with the asphalt surrounding it.
Lincoln Construction Group offers asphalt repair in Toronto and the GTA and outwards towards the Niagara region. We work with companies who take their business seriously and want to put forth the best product, and that starts with when clients first drive up to the property. Asphalt repair is a big part of that and something that should not be treated lightly. For more information on this and other services offered by Lincoln Construction Group, contact us or click here to take a look at some of the other projects we’ve completed.