What asphalt patching material are you using for your next job? You may know exactly what material you’re using and how to use it.
However, you may only have enough time to grab the last cold patch asphalt bag in stock at the hardware store. Do you know what you’re getting?
How do you apply your asphalt patch? Does it really cure as fast as it says? What’s the weather going to be like in a couple days?
With a wide array of asphalt brands to choose from, knowing the capabilities and limitations of your asphalt patching material is crucial to the success of your repair.
Here’s three reasons why testing your asphalt patching material can save you time and money before relying on it for your next big project.
Test How to Apply Your Asphalt Patching Material
The material you choose will dictate your application method. Repairing a pothole with asphalt requires compaction, but some materials have essential next steps in order to create a bond.
Bagged asphalt applications range from heating the material with a torch to mixing the material together with gallons of water. Other forms of asphalt need the use of heavy machinery such as concrete saws and vibratory compactors.
Understanding your material’s application method is crucial to the success of your repair. After you’ve decided on material, taking the time to test its application will streamline your repair process and help limit failed patches or costly applications errors.
Test Your Asphalt Patching Material's Curing Time
While you could argue that all road repairs are time-bound, emergency repairs demand the fastest resolution possible. When a dangerous pothole threatens your busiest intersection in town, it’s important to know exactly how long your asphalt patching material takes to cure before you can open the road to traffic.
Many bagged asphalts must cure before the material can create a safe, strong bond. Depending on your material, the asphalt curing time can range from a few hours to a few weeks.
Even some asphalt patches advertised as “fast-acting” can have varying cure times because of changes in temperature and ambient moisture.
Regardless of whether the speed of your asphalt patching material matters, knowing how long your material takes to set is critical to a successful repair.
Testing your material’s curing time to know exactly when it’s traffic ready will help you calculate how many repairs you can make and how fast you can make them.
Does Your Asphalt Patching Material Work for You?
Your road repair process is unique. With so many different types of asphalt patching materials available, it’s important to choose one that fits your specific needs. Does the material you have make pothole repairs easier or harder for you?
Choosing a material that doesn’t fit with your specific road repairs needs may mean wasting time, money, and manpower on a material that doesn’t work within your means.
Test RockAsphalt© For Free
No matter your choice, testing your asphalt patching material before relying on it is integral to making the best repairs. RockAsphalt invites you to test out our material for your department.
With zero curing time, simple application, and all-weather reliability, testing RockAsphalt may just be the last time you ever test asphalt patching materials.