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potholes carry on appearing across the
surface.
Small repairs can also be
disproportionately disruptive,
particularly in high traffic areas. For
example, to carry out repairs to a
single pothole in a car park will still
require a large amount of working
space to cut out and repair the
damaged area. Repairs also require
several hours before the surface is
ready for use.
A further challenge is the relatively
high cost of carrying out smaller
incremental repairs, particularly as
tarmac is generally sold in tonne
batches. As a result, small pothole
repairs are often fitted in by
contractors after a larger job to use up
remaining materials. This use of less
fresh tarmac also results in lower
quality repairs that are more likely to
fail. If this lack of quality seems
surprising, it is worth considering that
the more professional contractors in
the industry are predominantly focused
on roads and highways. There are
therefore few services that are well
suited to commercial properties (even
though these landlords account for
millions of square feet of highly
trafficked hard standing tarmac areas).
Infrared repairs are making smaller
repairs easier to tackle
Ultimately, waiting longer to replace a
larger area can seem a more
pragmatic solution, especially when
resurfacing the entire section of road
or a car park is a better way to prevent
recurring potholes. However, in the
meantime, the liabilities arising from
personal injury and vehicle damage
remain unaddressed. Due to the lack
of effective solutions for smaller scale
repairs, even the most responsible
property owners and FMs have
struggled with this particular dilemma
and remain stuck in a “fix rather than
maintain” mindset.
This is where the latest techniques for
infrared repairs are starting to make a
real difference as infrared technology
enables a cost-effective service, which
makes smaller, ongoing repairs a more
viable option.
Unlike traditional repairs that require
bulky and noisy equipment to cut away
and replace old tarmac, infrared repairs
work by heating the existing surface
with no need to dispose of old tarmac
waste. A compact heater is placed over
a crack or pothole that uses infrared
waves to penetrate the surface and
raise the temperature of the tarmac to
a workable temperature. Additional
tarmac is added, but only a small
amount is needed and this is brought
on site in hot boxes so there’s no waste
involved. The entire area is also
reconditioned with rejuvenating
chemicals. It is then compacted and
sealed resulting in a permanent
seamless repair, which is fused with
the existing material in an ‘as new’
surface that has no cold joints and no
points of weakness.
Compact infrared repair
equipment ensures that
permanent repairs can be
done quickly and efficiently,
using half the manpower
and half the weight of
equipment and vehicles
compared to conventional
repair methods (we
estimate a 90% lower
carbon footprint when
accounting for waste and
equipment). It’s less
disruptive too: The process
used means that a smaller area around
the repair needs to be cordoned off
and the time to complete a pothole
repair is reduced to under an hour and
the surface can be back in use within
20 minutes after the work has finished
(a conventional repair would typically
require over an hour).
The efficiency of this technique means
that single pothole repairs can be
offered to businesses in a far more
simple and flexible manner and work
can be quickly scheduled for the most
convenient times. In other words, the
service can be offered on a “just in
time” basis that conforms to the
customer’s needs and preferred
procurement methods rather than
dictated by the limitations of traditional
approaches. By making smaller repairs
more effective and affordable it also
possible to start taking a more
proactive, preventative approach to
maintenance that prevents small issues
becoming major costs at a later date.
This reduces the cost of ongoing
repairs - for example preventative
repairs can be around 40% cheaper.
With pothole repairs becoming a more
customer friendly service property
managers no longer have to wait to
save up enough potholes to justify the
hassle of ‘small works’ orders and the
‘inconvenience and interruptions’ to the
business while repairs are carried out.
A modest budget will need to be
allocated to ongoing repairs but, when
considered against the potential costs
of major resurfacing work or personal
injury claims, this isn’t really a tough
argument to make. Prevention really is
better than cure.
For further information: Telephone:
0800 211 8743 Email:
info@renoo.co.uk
Renoo www.renoo.co.uk
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