How to make cold asphalt harden faster

How to make cold asphalt harden faster

One of the most affordable and convenient methods for small asphalt repair projects is to use cold patch compound. Many property owners will tell you that this approach saves money and can reduce the amount of labor required for the job, making it a great solution for small potholes in parking lots, driveways, streets and driveways. However, the cold asphalt patching process can be sped up with the right application techniques, saving property owners time too! Customers, clients, guests and residents can use the flooring on the same day!

Keep reading to learn some great tips on how you can shorten the time it takes to harden your cold patch asphalt mix and dramatically reduce your project start-to-finish turnaround time.

Easy to use

The main reason why this product is the preferred choice for repairing small holes in asphalt pavements is the ease of installation. There is no long, drawn out process of preparing or mixing materials. Instead, air does most of the work. You simply pour the mixture directly into the hole, compact it with simple hand tools (a metal tampon or a piece of wood) and let it air dry. The mixture becomes a permanent surface patch after prolonged contact with air.

The drying process, also known as solidification, is very important to create a solid, stable surface that lasts for a long time. If you want permanent repairs to your asphalt, you need to make sure that the entire process is done correctly. If you want to speed up the curing stage of your flooring repair project, you can try a few recommended tips.

Use gravel

You can use gravel to create a tighter space in the hole, which can help establish lasting strength. Simply fill the hole with gravel a little at a time as you use your tamping tools to compress the gravel with each layer. Do not fill the hole to the top; be sure to leave 2 inches of space below the surface line for your cold mix.

Pouring your mixture

As you pour your mixture, go above the surface line by half an inch. This means your mixture should go over the top of the hole by ½ inch. Then use your compaction tools to compress the material until it is properly flattened. You may need to repeat this step two or three times to get a proper fill.

Accelerated drying

Asphalt cold mix hardens on contact with air. You can speed up the drying process by using hair dryers or commercial paint dryers. If you intend to use a hair dryer, you will need to manually operate it with an even, sweeping motion to ensure even curing. The material is almost dry when you cannot easily press the surface with your hand.

Large-scale pavement repair

For large-scale pavement repair work, you need a professional paving company. They have the training, equipment and resources to provide reliable work at a convenient time. Be sure to choose a company that is licensed, bonded and insured and has decades of experience in the road construction industry.

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