Do it yourself, it’s a part of being an Australian. DIY can be one of the most satisfying, empowering and cost-effective ways of improving things important to us. Asphalt repair is no different, sometimes it’s not advisable to embark on repair works that should be done by a professional. However sometimes, it’s perfectly fine to have a go yourself and find what works as you go. DIY for asphalt repair has become so much easier in recent times with quality companies bringing out products that make it so much easier for the average person to perform a repair with little to no fuss.
DIY asphalt repair can be done with two basic products, Asphaltic Concrete (hot-mix) or a cold pavement repair product (cold-mix). Asphaltic Concrete is generally a better performing product if placed correctly, however it carries the risk of heat burn and an urgency on time to place it before it cools. Pavement repair cold-mix is a safer and easier alternative for first timers, it requires little prep’ work, easy to pour and compact. Asphaltic Concrete (AC) typically needs some form of bonding agent applied to a dry firm surface to bond the fresh AC to the base, these bonding agents range from simple Tack (Emulsion), to Primes, Primerseals and full Seals, depending on the end use, these bonding agents apply.
Pavement repair cold-mix usually does not require any prior bonding agents applied, if the area is as clean and dry as possible, the cold mix can be applied, spread and compacted quickly and easily. This is the perfect application for small jobs that don’t require high performance or durability. It looks great and will stay the course of time if looked after.
An excellent product for this type of application is Boral’s Premium Pavement Repair. This can be purchased through Allens Asphalt in convenient 20kg buckets.