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How to Repair Asphalt Potholes with UPM® Cold Mix

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It’s no surprise that potholes appear in asphalt blacktop and concrete. These year-round holes not only blemish driveways, sidewalks and roads but also create unsafe driving conditions for motorists. However, repairing a pothole doesn’t have to be impossible. Pothole patching is an easy repair that nearly anyone with the right tools can accomplish. (more…)

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Are Potholes and Road Salt Damaging Your Car?

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Road salt on an asphalt road with pothole damagePotholes are an inconvenience to drivers, especially in regions with cold, harsh winters. Potholes form when water seeps into cracks, expands, and erodes the pavement. Damaged pavement can force drivers to slow down, stop, or swerve across traffic lanes.

While road salt helps prevent accidents on icy roads, it also exacerbates pothole erosion and causes rust on vehicles over time. Learn how potholes and road salt can harm your car this winter—and what you can do to stay safe and prevent further damage. (more…)

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How Do I Prevent Snow Plow Damage on Asphalt?

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A tractor plowing snow causes damage to asphalt parking lot in the winter

Residents in the snowbelt, a name given to the Great Lakes region in North America, experience heavy snowfall season after season. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see 60–110 inches of lake-effect snow per year. Even if you live outside of this cold and blustery area, unexpected wintery conditions can still wreak havoc and cause delays for drivers.

As snow accumulates—sometimes up to several inches per hour—you need to react quickly.
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Asphalt vs Concrete: Which paving material should you use?

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2It can be hard to know whether to use concrete or asphalt pavement when performing repairs. Neither material is better than the other, and some are ideal for specific projects. When deciding between concrete vs asphalt roads or parking lots, you’ll need to consider a few pros and cons.

Often, people choose their paving material based on upfront costs. Many people want an economical or cheap solution. Sometimes the right pavement choice can also be a bargain; however, this is not always the case. The costs of concrete and asphalt fluctuate regularly, you will end up with a short-term solution and added material costs if you select a paving material that satisfies your wallet but not your paving needs.

 

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How Cold Mix Changed the Way Canada Repairs Potholes

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Successfully repairing potholes requires more than simply filling the damage using pothole filler and hoping your repair holds up. Cities, municipalities, and homeowners alike must research pavement repair solutions and gather information about each product to find the right fit for their pothole repair needs.

Niagara Falls is one such location. The municipality wanted a way to relieve the pothole damage, daily wear-and-tear, and general road stress potholes were having on cars in its community. Niagara Falls started leveraging Unique Paving Materials’ cold mix solution. According to CHCH News, cold mix is a new product in Canada this winter and has been producing positive results on the roads.

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You Want a Product that Works in Wet Conditions; We Went a Step Further

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Testing UPM® Permanent Pavement Repair Material Underwater

Permanence. When it comes to pavement repair products for filling potholes, patching utility cuts and repairing roadways, the ideal solution is a permanent one.

There are a number of factors that influence the permanence of a pavement repair solution: workability, cohesion and film thickness to name a few. One of the most important factors, given the unpredictability of both Mother Nature and potholes, is stripping – or whether or not the mix will perform in wet conditions. (more…)

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After 3 years, UPM® mix is still undefeated in Lexington!

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Demonstrating UPM High Performance Cold Mix for the City of Lexington Street Department

Install Conditions: 29°F during overnight emergency repair of a water main break

Pavement Conditions: City street near UK Campus on Main and Upper Street in Lexington, KY

Installation Date: December 16, 2011

Time Elapsed: 3 + Years (03/25/2015)

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MICRO MIX™ Mini Cold Mix: A New Product from Unique Paving Materials!

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Here are details from a press release about our new product, MICRO MIX!


 

potholeMICRO MIX mini cold mix is made with a mixture of manufactured sand and the liquid used to manufacture asphalt repair product UPM® Permanent Pavement Repair Material. UPM cold mix is our premier cold applied asphalt repair material, which is guaranteed to outlast surrounding pavement in over 90% of repairs.

MICRO MIX mini mix is designed especially for smaller repair areas. It can be used on eroding concrete expansion joints, shallow pavement pop outs, and various other shallow or narrow applications. MICRO MIX mini mix’s specialized asphalt repair abilities are also ideal for asphalt cracks, which can split and extend. Using MICRO MIX mini mix helps reduce repair costs. Its guaranteed-performance will provide long lasting coverage and easy application.

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