Asphalt Mastic: The Material that Binds
We’ve all been hearing a lot about asphalt mastic lately, as it has become more popular than ever – and with good reason. With proper technique, mastic can help repair significant cracks and also seal patches more thoroughly, helping to ensure a longer-lasting repair.
In short, mastic is the glue that binds.
What is Asphalt Mastic?
When you use concrete or asphalt for repairs, the road or sidewalk is left with gaps, as the materials are porous by nature. Asphalt mastic provides a much-needed seal to further protect the road, and sometimes can be used to fill a larger space.
Mastic, a generic term for durable surface material made of mineral filler and asphalt binder, is especially suitable for heavily trafficked roads. The polymer-modified binder consists of engineering aggregate and is poured hot. When properly applied, asphalt mastic repairs can last longer than five years.
Mastic is also ideal when a repair is too small for a full replacement but too large for crack sealing, and it can be used to repair areas where concrete has shifted.
Because of its durability and ease of use, mastic is used in the construction and building industries as well as for road repairs.
Asphalt Repair Equipment that Can Help You Do the Job
KM International’s Pro-Patch 55 is a 55-gallon melter designed to melt asphalt mastic material, as well as asphalt crack fill rubber.
With the use of this asphalt repair equipment, material can be applied in less than an hour, and four-inch flow valves allow the user to apply mastic directly into the application area. The Pro-Patch 55 is air jacketed with three layers of insulation, and it includes a hydraulically driven agitation system, as well as a torch that can be used to heat tools on the spot.
To learn more about the benefits of using asphalt mastic or about KM International’s Pro-Patch 55, see our website or call us at (800) 492-1757.