These benefits have made the use of infrared systems highly popular with independent contractors who service state and local governments.
Paul Gustafson, owner of Woodbury, CT-based asphalt repair company, CT Infrared, has tripled its business volume with half the labor in two years using a Kasi Infrared system.
“Going from traditional cut-and-remove asphalt repair to infrared repair has tripled our business and profit, while cutting our costs in half,” says Gustafson. “Instead of cutting, removing, and throwing away a traditional asphalt patch, we can use mostly recycled material. We can do a typical 5 ft. x7 ft. repair in less than 20 minutes completed with one piece of equipment, a truck, and two guys. Since cars can drive on it immediately, there’s almost no traffic disruption.”
Gustafson adds that previously his crew was throwing away five tons of asphalt a day from cutting and repairing. “Now we’re able to reuse that asphalt, which for us is a savings of about $650 per day,” he says.
To do the same 5 ft. x7 ft. cut-and-remove asphalt repair would typically take about five or six laborers several hours of work using a pavement saw to cut a straight edge around the damaged area, a jack hammer to break up the existing pavement, a bucket loader to excavate material, two trucks - one to remove excavated material and one to bring fresh asphalt - and a roller to compact the repair. It would also require enough new asphalt to replace all the excavated material.
Infrared asphalt repair withstands weathering and traffic to last much longer than conventional repair as well. “When a utility company did a compaction test on my infrared repair, it had a 95% compaction rate which is phenomenal,” says Gustafson.
Unlike conventional “saw, cut, and remove” or “crack filler” asphalt repair techniques, infrared asphalt repair has no seams for water and ice to penetrate. Instead, its infrared restorations fuse to the existing pavement, creating a continuous surface. This
eliminates the need for tack-coating the edges, enhances durability, and allows roads to be opened to traffic immediately.