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Dos & Donts of Asphalt Repair and Maintenance
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By: John Wentz Email Article
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Regular asphalt maintenance will extend the life of your asphalt with simple repairs using polyurethane asphalt repair materials.

DON'T- Place sharp or pointed objects (high heels, bicycle kickstands, ladders, chairs, etc.) on asphalt or indentations will result. This is especially true for the first year of its life and on a hot summer days when the temperature reaches 100F or above.

DO – Repair minor damage with Roklin’s Concrete Welder in cartridge format. Minor asphalt repair can be done quickly and safely with a simple squeeze of a cartridge.

DON'T – Drive or park near or over the edges of your driveway. Doing so can fracture the asphalt and crack the whole edge.

DO – Repair cracks with FloMix asphalt repair material.

DON'T - Turn the car wheels sharply on pavement. Also, don't turn the wheels while standing still or power steering gouges can result. These are bruises or lacerations to the surface, caused by the kneading, grinding action of the tires moving on the bias against the asphalt.

DO – Fix potholes using FloMix asphalt repair material.

DON'T - Park the vehicles in the same spot all the time or "wheel dishes" may result, if care is not exercised.

DO - Move vehicles around slightly. Don't give all or most of the wear to one small area. Distribute the usage evenly. If asphalt becomes uneven, use FloMix to smooth out the area.

DO use FloMix and Concrete Welder. With FloMix and Concrete Welder, crack repair, and asphalt repair can be done with no dig-out. Repairs can be done whenever needed, ideally when traffic is at its lowest. Doing repairs quickly and with minimal manpower means less traffic exposure to employees or if it’s a do-it-yourself project, it can be handled in your free time. Simply sweep or blow out the damaged area, mix your materials and apply to create a simple asphalt pavement repair.

Cracks Equipment: Concrete Welder cartridge, broom, scraper Sealing asphalt cracks can be done simply using Concrete Welder, available in a cartridge format. Make sure the crack is clean and free of moisture. Use a broom or blower to clean out any loose materials. Open cartridge and squeeze Concrete Welder directly into the crack. Use a scraper or straight-edge to smooth the material out. Wipe up any excess material and allow to dry for 30 minutes. Now the crack is filled and ready for use.

Large Asphalt Cracks or Potholes Equipment: FloMix kit, broom or blower, drill, paddle-mixer, trowel For larger asphalt repair, use FloMix to stabilize and fill any voids. The polymer-based repair works in areas where the cracks are deeper and wider, the material flowing down to fill the entire space. With no saw-cut or demolition required, the preparation is quick and easy.

Make sure that the damaged area is clean and dry, with no loose debris. Place the aggregate provided in the FloMix package to fill in the deeper area of the crack, without going above the surface of the damaged area. Using FloMix bottle "a", carefully pour contents into provided 5-gallon bucket then add special sand. Next, shake bottle "b" thoroughly and pour into sand mixture. Mix with a paddle-mixer, using a drill. When mixture is completely wet, pour FloMix onto cracks and use a trowel or lute to smooth material into cracks. When cracks are smoothed out, toss topping sand by hand over repaired area to create a smooth surface. In colder months or when there is little time for the repair, catalyst can be supplied as an additive to speed the reaction. The newly-filled cracks can be ready in less than an hour.

The author has an experience of 25 years working as a construction contractor and is presently using his experience to help people make the right choice of products. Author recommends FloMix for Asphalt Repair. For more articles on Asphalt Repair visit http://asphaltrepair.wordpress.com

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