Consider The Advantages Of Polymer Modified Asphalt

Using polymer modified asphalt can make pavement and repairs to pavement last much longer than they would with conventional asphalt. The material costs more up front, but that initial price doesn't give the true economic picture. When you can save money in the future without the need for regular repair work, you'll see noticeable benefits in your budget over time. In addition, you'll keep your customers happier if they don't have to dodge potholes and cracks in your parking lot and roadway.

About Polymer Modified Asphalt

As the briefest chemistry lesson, polymers are large molecules made of long chains of tiny molecules called monomers. Not all kinds of tiny molecules can bond together into polymers the way monomers do. The word "polymer" is commonly associated with plastics, but polymers can be made of many other synthetic and natural materials. 

With the addition of polymers to asphalt, the pavement takes on more of the characteristics of the polymers. Flexibility can be enhanced and brittleness reduced. That helps build pavement that is stronger, more durable and less prone to cracking and other damage.

This type of asphalt is used for initial paving, for sealing existing pavement and for making repairs.

Researchers continue to work on improving asphalt so business owners and government entities can get better performance from their pavement. 

Advantages in Extreme Temperatures

Polymer modified asphalt holds up under weather conditions ranging from bitterly cold temperatures to months of blazing hot sunshine.

Paving technicians can apply the material when temperatures are below freezing, which is not the case with conventional asphalt. This is a common issue in cold climates, where pavement maintenance often is delayed for weeks or even months. In the meantime, cracks and potholes get bigger and more numerous. By spring, the expense of repair work can be significant.

Advantages in Other Weather Conditions

Your region may not be prone to extremes in temperature, but it's likely to have other conditions that are stressful for asphalt.

For example, an area that tends to get rain instead of snow but still sees the mercury drop below freezing can have repeated instances of freezing and thawing. When water seeps into flaws in the asphalt and freezes, it expands. With the brittleness of asphalt in cold temperatures, cracks and holes develop.

Paving technicians can apply certain types of polymer modified asphalt when it's raining. This material repels water rather than attracting or absorbing it. That's important in wet climates that might not see a completely dry day for quite some time. A related factor is that the workers can apply this polymer modified asphalt to a pothole that has water in it. 

Resistance to Traffic-Related Problems

Areas of your parking lot that experience traffic from heavy trucks making deliveries can develop the most problematic issues. Combined with environmental factors and wear and tear from other general traffic, the stress of heavy truck weight on asphalt can lead to ruts, cracks and even areas of completely broken pavement.

Consider how paved areas in back of supermarkets sometimes have substantial damage after property owners give up having the pavement repeatedly repaired.

Your parking lot probably has problems with general fatigue cracks as well, caused by large numbers of vehicles driving on the asphalt on a regular basis. Paving over the problem areas with polymer modified asphalt can prevent this from occurring again. 

Concluding Thoughts

Contact paving maintenance companies in your area and ask about polymer modified asphalt. Learn about pricing and evaluate whether the product makes sense for you. Factor in the possibility that every pothole and crack repair will be a permanent one -- or nearly so -- and that you can have repair work done during adverse weather conditions.

By choosing this material, you'll start saving money over time, and your customers and employees will never gripe about the condition of the parking lot and your private roadway. Find local contractors like Hals Construction, Inc, and ask them about their repair options.


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