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  • What is an asphalt patch repair?
    An asphalt patch repair is simply the process of fixing a small area of damaged asphalt. This may be on a road, paved area, car park, airport runway, port or docklands or where joints or utility trenches need fixing. In fact, anywhere there is asphalt. There are various different methods to filling the repair site using a variety of different machines, tools and indeed asphalt.
  • How should I choose a road or asphalt repair company?
    You should look at all of your options with a road or asphalt repair company to ensure that the company has a suitable reputation and can fulfil your specific requirements. Ask yourself some specific questions as to what your problem is and your desired outcomes, and is the company you are looking at offering the right solution. But be careful, sometimes things aren't necessarily what they seem on the surface. Some key considerations might be: Are they environmentally friendly and can they lower my CO2 emissions to meet my targets? Can they prove what they say? Is the solution permanent? How much waste is being produced from the process? How will this impact on the road users, neighbourhood or surroundings? Is it really a cost effective and efficient process?
  • What are the best options for pothole repair?
    There are a wide variety of options when it comes to pothole repair and you should consider all of them to ensure you are making the right decision. Set yourself some specific questions or criteria as to what you need and want from a provider and see if they can answer them for you.
  • How does thermal road repair work?
    Thermal road repair is a common repair technique. Our process uses patented thermal infrared heaters to heat up the affected area ready for resurfacing. This causes a homogenous bond between the defect and surrounding area, making it a seamless repair. This means there are no joints that can allow for water ingress and failure of the repair, unlike other methods.
  • When should I use a pothole repair machine?
    Potholes can become progressively worse if they are not treated and without the right care and attention, they may end up damaging the vehicles that use the surface. You should use pothole repair as soon as you notice a pothole forming to fix the issues as soon as possible.
  • What are the key things to consider with motorway maintenance?
    Motorway maintenance is an extremely important sector and without it, you could create dangerous situations. Damage can easily form on roads, so maintaining these roads will help to keep them safe. When looking to maintain the road, you will need to consider many factors, not least what is the problem and what's the best solution to fix it? Some key considerations are not just about the environment or cost but also about safety - safety of the workers. A potential solution that could take a long time means workers are exposed to a potentially hazardous situation for longer. And then there is Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) to consider. And finally, will the repair be permanent or is it just going to be a quick fix and a team will have to do it all again?
  • How should I choose between motorway maintenance companies?
    Choosing between motorway maintenance companies essentially comes down to their reputation and whether they actually offer what you need. As you might expect, some companies are run better than others and have far more positive reviews. And some companies say one thing but the reality is actually another. So, choose a company that has a reputation that matches your expectations and question them on what they are saying and how they can back it up.
  • Is the Thermal Road Process really zero waste?
    Yes! This is at the core of the Thermal Road Repairs (TRR) method. Our patented technology heats up the failed and failing material in and around a pothole or defect, mixes it with new materials if required and then re-compacts the area. Nothing is cut out and taken away.
  • What type of road surface or asphalt does the Thermal Road Repair system work on?
    The TRR system can be used to repair any asphalt surface layer or asphalt footpath. It can also be used to repair surface dressing and micro asphalt defects. Because it reheats and reuses material already in and around the pothole or defect, only a small amount of additional material is needed. The additional material can be to whatever specification the customer (and road) needs.
  • What depth of pothole or asphalt defect can the Thermal Road Repairs process fix?
    Although most potholes are between 40mm and 60mm deep, our technology has been proven to work to depths of up to 100mm deep. This is due to the design of the heating system and its controls.
  • What weather can the Thermal Road Repair system be used in?
    Our technology has been successfully used to fix potholes in almost any weather conditions. If temperatures are lower, the heating time – which is automatically controlled - will be longer. Only very heavy rain stops play.
  • How long does it take to fix a pothole?
    An average pothole takes 10 minutes to fix. This includes time to: heat up the failed and failing material; add new material and mix everything up with a rake or shovel; compact the area using a roller. As mentioned above, very cold conditions increase the heating time.
  • How many potholes can be fixed in an 8-hour shift?
    On average, a Thermal Road Repairs unit would fix 75 potholes over an 8-hour shift. This compares to an average 30 potholes using the traditional process.
  • How much does it cost to fix a pothole?
    Generally, repairs conducted using Thermal Road Repairs technology cost around half that of traditional methods.
  • How do you monitor production?
    The Thermal Road Repair unit has an in-built app in the cab which can track the vehicle and monitor its operational effectiveness. It can also fault check within the system.
  • What happens if something goes wrong with the equipment?
    Internet-of-Things (IOT) technology means that we can remotely monitor equipment and diagnose problems. Sometimes our technicians notice problems before our customers do, for instance if our heaters are not charging because their solar panels are in the shade.
  • How much carbon does your process produce?
    Thermal Road Repairs has partnered up with Asphalt IQ to prove how much carbon we save. The Thermal Road Repairs process produces just 0.5kgM2 of carbon compared to Traditional methods which produce a staggering 3.49kgM2 for the same work. That's a saving of over 85%.
  • Why does the Thermal Road Repair process produce so much less carbon than other methods?
    There are several reasons: there is no waste material to remove and take off site, very little top-up material is needed, everything is carried in the one unit, solar energy is used to power the infrared heaters, and our heaters also use bio fuels.
  • How noisy is the Thermal Road Repair process?
    The noisiest part of our process is when the reheated and remixed asphalt is rolled and compacted. That produces 75dB, equivalent to a vacuum cleaner. Traditional methods are far noisier; at 125dB, jack hammer is noisier than a rock concert or a shot gun and goes far beyond the safe limits of 85dB. Check out our Infographic under our Press section for more information.
  • What are the HAVS risks?
    The risk of our process contributing to hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is very low since the only vibrating equipment used is the roller. This results in 2.5m/ s2 for around 10 minutes each hour. A traditional process would add in around 30 minutes of jack hammering at 26m/ s2. Check out our infographic within our Press section for more information.
  • How long will the repair last?
    Because the asphalt around a pothole or defect is heated, it becomes sticky again and bonds with the remixed material in the hole. This means that when it cools down, there is no joint. Hence the repair is ‘permanent’; it will last as long as the surrounding road.
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