Along with aesthetics, an infrared patch is also extremely functional. It basically takes the 2 separate pieces of asphalt, and creates one whole piece. Now you are left with a patch that looks great, and will last. It will also stand up to the harsh elements that the Michigan seasons expose your driveway or parking lot to.
Asphalt pavement is 100 percent recyclable, and its quality actually improves each time it is recycled as new materials are mixed with the used material. In fact, asphalt pavement is the most recycled product in the United States at 80 percent. That compares to 60 percent of aluminum cans, 56 percent of newsprint and 31 percent of glass beverage bottles. According to the EPA, 73 million tons of asphalt are recycled each year. Asphalt can be recycled in many different ways, and this is a way for for us to provide a quality asphalt repair, with the environment in mind.
Asphalt maintenance can be achieved in a few different ways. One method Great Lakes and Striping uses is infrared technology to reuse existing asphalt. When using infrared for repairing asphalt there are two important concerns that must be addressed. The existing pavement that will be recycled has aged over time. Exposure to the sun and the elements over time oxidized the light oils component in asphalt. During the infrared heating process, as the temperature of the asphalt is increased to above approximately 375 degrees Fahrenheit, the oxidation of light oils are accelerated. It is also important to know that at around the 500 degree mark, asphalt will burn (coke) rendering it useless for recycling.
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The Steps &
Benefits of Asphalt Maintenance
In a day and age that people are becoming more aware of their environment, and the huge benefit of recycling, we feel that asphalt patching should be no different. With a little more time and energy, infrared asphalt patching is a great way to reclaim existing asphalt and provide a patch that is far superior to the “primitive methods.”
Heat Up The Asphalt
Infrared wave-lengths reheat existing asphalt concrete to temperatures as when it was originally installed.
In minutes, the asphalt is softened, scarified, re-leveled and compacted.
Apply Rejuvenating Agent
With the help of a rejuvenating agent and new asphalt, we have recycled and repaired the damaged area.
Once the area is all refurbished, the surrounding sides are touched up to meld with the existing area.