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Infrared Asphalt Repair

Infrared asphalt technology is an effective solution for critical repairs. This unique method blends hot-mix asphalt right in with the original and then compacts the area to create a seamless restoration. If you notice potholes–especially in high-traffic areas, pavement heaving, uneven surfaces surrounding catch basins (this is a common problem resulting after several freeze-thaw cycles), or rough surfaces in drive lanes or parking stalls, it is a good idea to consider infrared repair.

The Infrared asphalt repair process will help to extend the life expectancy of your pavement at a more economical and efficient rate than the conventional form of repair.  NAI utilizes the Kasi Infrared Patriot Truck system.  Our truck units are equipped with 3 ton reclaimers.  The infrared systems reclaimer keeps the asphalt at plant mix temperature.  The infrared heating chamber is constructed out of stainless steel and Inconel Converters which generates the infrared radiation used to heat the asphalt pavement.  The infrared heat from the chamber can heat the asphalt to a workable temperature and a depth of approximately 3 inches.

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Why choose Infrared
to repair asphalt pavement?

The Infrared Benefits

Infrared heat allow deep penetration asphalt repair and reclaiming without causing burning, scaling, or separation of the asphalt from the aggregate.
Why Choose
Infrared Repair

  • Time – repairs can be made in a fraction of the time of conventional methods. A typical 5’x7’ repair takes 20 minutes to complete. The road can be re-opened to traffic immediately after the repair.
  • Quality – the thermal bonding of the asphalt repair with the surrounding pavement makes the repair an integral piece of the pavement. No cold seam is left for water to re-enter and cause joint failure.
  • Recycle – existing asphalt is reused, leaving little or no wasted material. This means less handling and disposal costs
  • Labor – repairs are fast and simple. Two men and twenty minutes are all that are needed for a typical repair.
  • Cost – the savings realized in materials, manpower and machinery make infrared repairs less expensive than conventional repairs.

What is the Infrared Restoration Repair Process?

  • Step One is to properly clean and prep the area
  • Step two is to position the infrared chamber over the repair area
  • Step three is to light the infrared chamber and lower it over the repair area
  • Step Four is to scarify the area to be repaired. It is important to note here that this step is crucial to the success of your infrared repair.  If the area is not scarified deep enough and completely the repair process would not be successful.
  • Step Five is to add new virgin asphalt from the reclaimer to the repair area
  • Step Six is to rake and lute the repair area smooth and level
  • Step Seven is the final step for compaction. Compact the edges of the repair area first, to create that permanent seamless bond with the asphalt.  It is important that this step be completed quickly while the repair is still hot so that it bonds properly with the existing asphalt.  Finally, after the edges are compacted roll the inside of the repair.

Infrared Restoration with Kasi equipment requires:

  • 1 Truck
  • 1 Piece of Equipment
  • 2 Men
  • Twenty minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Isn’t IR restoration only good for small areas?

No. Infrared can be used economically on large trenches and patches as well. This is achieved by using multiple heats in succession.

Isn’t IR restoration too expensive?

No. Infrared restoration is more cost effective than traditional full-depth patching and mill and pave repairs. Consider the savings in manpower, time, machinery and materials by not having to cutout, remove, replace, transport and dispose of large quantities of asphalt. In addition, the end result is a seamless restoration that is thermally bonded to the surrounding pavement.

Can IR be used to correct a sub-base problem?

No. Infrared addresses the asphalt course of the roadway only. Nothing short of excavating and making repairs to the sub-base will correct this problem. Infrared restoration is still the most effective repair to the asphalt once the sub-base problem has been corrected.

Is IR restoration permanent?

Yes. A correctly installed IR repair will restore the damaged area to the condition and useful life of the pavement around the repair. Pavement deterioration around the restoration will eventually effect the restoration over time.
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