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To repair or not to repair right now?

To repair or not to repair right now? That is the question. A common mistake some people make is “Let's fix our potholes ourselves. After all, it can't be that hard can it? Why not? It’s just a pothole we can fill with cold mix asphalt. Yeah, come on, let's buy a bag of cold mix asphalt and plug those ugly potholes right now.”
We think this is a big mistake because cold mix asphalt is not cheap and cold mix asphalt repairs only last for a very short while, as short as 10 to 14 days only. Cold mix asphalt repairs do not prohibit water penetration around the circumference of the pothole. This is because there is no sealing process which only occurs when professionally laid hot asphalt is applied after the pothole is specially prepared for repair, then finished and compacted properly.
The team at Budget Asphalt Repairs cleans out the damaged area first, fills it with environmentally friendly ceramic adhesive, over-fills the cavity with hot asphalt and finally compacts and overlays the repaired cavity. These steps and these steps only, reduce the likelihood of water penetration and pothole reoccurrence. If you want long-term asphalt and bitumen repairs, this is how it’s done.
So, want to save some money on your asphalt and bitumen repairs? Do it right the first time and use the professional services of the team at Budget Asphalt Repairs.

7 April 2015

Is asphalt environmental?

Asphalt is a by-product of the fuel making process so it is actually the ultimate in recycling. If the resultant sludge from oil refining was not used as asphalt we would have to find some other way of disposing of it. Also, as asphalt is porous it is less damaging to the groundwater and natural drainage systems. Like a lawn it’s a bit of a carbon sink too whereas concrete is not. As well as roads and airfields, asphalt is also used as an environmental liner for landfills, reservoirs, and fish hatchery ponds. And lastly asphalt is 100% recyclable and very little ever makes its way into landfill as waste.

26 Mar 2015

There is a reason why roads are asphalt

In the old days we used to make roads from concrete – but no more. Why? Firstly asphalt is much cheaper than concrete and can be laid a lot quicker. Concrete needs to cure but asphalt can be driven on almost immediately. This also makes the repair process extremely fast and cost effective. Asphalt also responds better to harsh weather conditions making roads less slippery and less likely to “plane” in the wet therefore safer. It’s also able to expand and contract in the heat. It does not need expansion joints like concrete does as asphalt is more likely to just bend rather than break. Both surfaces are subject to cracking and rutting but asphalt is easier to fix and maintain and will stay looking better for longer.

12 March 2015

Not slippery when wet

Unlike concrete, asphalt is not a slippery surface even when wet. Water pools are unlikely to form even when the area is very “lumpy”. Unlike concrete, water pooling in an asphalt surface will quickly dissipate leaving the surface dry and safe.
If you have ever seen spoon drains in concrete you’ll know that water will sit for days depending on evaporation to dry it out. Meanwhile, mould will form and a slippery film will eventuate, requiring pressure hosing or harsh chemical removal. Not so with asphalt which is resistant to pooling and mould growth and not slippery when wet!

5 Mar 2015

Cracks and weeds in landscaped garden surrounds

Using pavers or concrete to provide pathways through a landscaped garden will always be susceptible to lifting and cracking caused by both rain, traffic and root growth underneath. This can result in severe trip hazards and unsightly cracks that require the whole area to be replaced.
Asphalt however is less susceptible to such damage and often cracks require just a minor repair and re-seal without the need to dig-out and relay large areas. Unlike concrete, asphalt does not require channel breaks that can be a haven for weeds, nor does asphalt need pressure spraying to remove mildew and mould growth.
Asphalt provides a smooth and seamless surface that will beautify any garden or landscape with durability and ease, giving your garden spaces a continuous and even backdrop to show off the beauty of your plants and trees.

26 Feb 2015