Asphalt Patching



With over 35 years serving the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex, Reliable Paving can handle any of your paving needs. Whether it’s new pavement to be laid, maintenance, or repairs/patching, Reliable has you covered. Our experienced, professional team of paving contractors is big enough to handle just about any paving job, and we can do it on budget, and on time.

What is Asphalt Patching?

Asphalt can be repaired in various different ways. Asphalt patching uses an asphalt applied to the patch sometimes with glue as well. This method has quite a few advantages over the other methods of repair – depending on the level of damage.

In general, asphalt patching is cheaper and faster than other forms of asphalt repair. It only goes into the first few inches of the asphalt, so that means it is much less labor-intensive than other forms of asphalt repair. Because it does not go deep, it is also not recommended for serious repairs. Asphalt patching is ideal when the damage is surface-level, or the pavement has some minor drainage issues. Existing cracks that are patched over will often work their ways to the surface within 2 years.


What are the Types of Asphalt Patching?

Surface Patching

Surface patching is most popular in residential areas. It involves an asphalt glue being applied to the patch area, followed by hot asphalt applied to the surface of the existing paving. The main benefit of surface patching is that it is much cheaper than full repair that requires damaged asphalt to be cut out and replaced.

Infrared Patching

Infrared patching uses an infrared machine to heat up the damaged asphalt. If the binder is still present, the asphalt will re-set and melt into an appropriate shape/position. If the asphalt is seriously aged, and  much of the asphalt is missing, recycled/scrap asphalt can be added. If the binder is degraded or no longer present, an asphalt rejuvenator can be added to make it more flexible. 

Removal and Replacement Patching

If the asphalt is experiencing base failure (failure of the asphalt foundation), a more serious asphalt patch is required. In this case, all of the damaged asphalt must be removed so the base can be leveled and compacted. Afterwards, the new patch is applied in two layers, each about 1.5 inches thick. The asphalt patch is applied in 2 layers so each layer can be separately compacted. This style of patching results in a more permanent, sturdy repair. It is ideal for high-traffic areas.

Hot Asphalt Patching

This style of repair can be dangerous, so we recommend hiring a paving contractor/professional to perform this procedure. The procedure to apply it is relatively simple, but takes skill. Hot asphalt is kept and extremely high temperatures and brought to the decayed area in an asphalt hot box. Then the hot asphalt is worked into the damaged area with a rake. Working with hot asphalt takes some skill and experience to be done correctly. After being properly placed, the asphalt will set over the next 24 hours, after which it will be safe for vehicles.

Cold Asphalt Patching

This is the most user-friendly form of asphalt patching. Cold asphalt patching can be done in any weather,  it does not need to cool, and does not need a wet or dry surface to attach to. First, remove the loose material from the damaged area. Next fill in the pothole/crack with cold asphalt patch. The cold patch can be compacted with a shove, tamper, or vehicle tires. Once compacted, the cold patch asphalt area can be opened immediately to vehicular traffic.

DIY Cold Patching Guide

Because this method can be done by anyone, here are some directions for you to perform your own asphalt cold patching.

  1. Square your hole to be filled so that there are only straight, clean-cut edges.
  2. Remove all debris, including plant matter, loose rocks, and aggregate.
  3. Fill the foundation with a coarse mix of gravel/sand until the pothole is about one inch deep.
  4. Fill the remaining area with cold asphalt, and patch firmly until the asphalt rises above the top of the pothole.
  5. Tamp down firmly with tamper, shovel, or vehicle tire.
  6. Sealcoat (to protect from water/weather damage).
  7. Paint/stripe the asphalt.


When Should You Choose Asphalt Patching?

Whether you should go with asphalt patching in some form, or a total asphalt overhaul for your damaged pavement is a difficult question. It’s hard to know if you should go with a cheap, easy repair or if your pavement requires serious structural fixes. Either way, here’s a checklist to help you decide what kind of repair is right for you.

Go with asphalt patching when:
  • When the damage is superficial.
  • When the asphalt damage is less than a few inches deep.
  • When asphalt damage is minor.
  • If the asphalt is in a low-traffic residential area.
  • Only a small area of damaged pavement exists.
  • A temporary solution to damages is acceptable
When to go with another form of asphalt repair:
  • The damage is deep, structural and reaches the foundation of the asphalt.
  • The entire parking lot/paving area is damaged or highly degraded.
  • The paving has frequent failures due to the traffic load.


Don’t wait to repair your asphalt

If your asphalt is damaged, there’s no need to hesitate any longer. Whether its serious damage that requires replacement, or something small that can be patched, Reliable Paving is your one-stop shop for any pavement related problems. Whether you need deep foundation repair or a simple patching for a pothole, contact Reliable today, and we can help.