4 Easy Ways to Cut Costs on Asphalt Repair
by Boris Dzhingarov on Apr 10, 2020
If you need your asphalt driveway repaired, but you’re short on cash, this can be difficult to deal with. This is the season for potholes and cracks, and these are repairs that you can’t always afford to postpone. Luckily, asphalt is one of the most flexible materials around, and there are tons of different repair methods and approaches that you can take to cut costs. All you need is to get informed about them and how they work. There are also things that you can do to prevent damage in the first place. Here are some easy ways to keep asphalt repair costs to a minimum.
Go for Infrared Repair
If you haven’t heard about infrared asphalt repair, it is one of the best ways to save on repair costs and materials. The method uses a mix of hot mix asphalt and existing material and provides a seamless finish. It limits the amount of material used, and the results are often much better with no joints and possible leakage. The procedure can be done much quicker as well. This is the perfect option if you need something done fast, cheap, and with durable results.
Apply Two Coats of Seal
Some people think that companies are trying to upsell them on a two coat application. On the other hand, some contractors will not mention it on purpose so they can keep their estimate low. But you should consider going for it. A second seal will last you longer and reduce repair costs in the long run. Not only will it make your asphalt more flexible and less crack prone by keeping more of the oil in, but it will make it look much blacker as well and for a longer time.
Some people are more image-conscious than others, and do a good job at sealcoating regularly. Some also want to make sure that their home remains attractive in case they want to sell it. But if you tend to be neglectful with sealcoating, you should at least make sure that you apply a fresh layer of coat every two years. Also, remember to apply two coats every time like we just mentioned.
Fix the Irrigation
Poor irrigation is one of the biggest reasons for asphalt damage, and if you notice any irrigation issues, you should fix them immediately. Make sure that you fix any sprinkler issue you may have. Also, check if you see water puddling anywhere.
Water sitting on your driveway for too long will affect its composition and cause it to crack. Cracks are also often the result of the pavement settling after the underlayer was eroded by water. In other cases, it’s caused by freezing water expanding. This is why you should have irrigation inspected regularly and act fast if you notice anything.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to keep repair costs to a minimum. Good maintenance is the best option, but if the damage has already been done, make sure that you look at all the repair options at your disposal.
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