Bulk vs Bucket: An Argument

Buying asphalt in bulk for reactive road repairs such as potholes can be a popular option. However, Instarmac Group plc is offering up a smaller alternative.

Buying quantities of materials in bulk is often seen as a cheaper and more convenient method of purchasing. However, when it comes to buying and storing asphalt in large quantities for reactive road repairs, such as potholes, there are some notable flaws.

Most asphalt products will stay the same consistency in storage even over a long period of time and it is this characteristic that raises some important issues. Buying and storing asphalt in bulk can be an appealing feature to many contractors and councils (especially as it can be stored for up to 2 years), however, a question needs to be raised about how effective a pothole repair can be when the properties of the asphalt have not changed during this time.

Potholes repaired using bulk stored asphalt stay soft and as a result are of poor quality and only provide a temporary repair with the repair work often coming out within weeks in areas of turning and breaking.

Over the past 40 years, Instarmac Group plc has changed the mindset in the market with its innovative bitumen binder permanent asphalt product – UltraCrete Instant Road Repair®.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® is a cold lay asphalt repair solution that offers a first time permanent repair for potholes. Thanks to the flexible properties of Instant Road Repair, the repair moves with the road surface, preventing cracking and failing. It can be used in all weathers and climates allowing potholes to be repaired all year round. What’s more, roads repaired with UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® can be opened to traffic immediately minimising disruption to pedestrians and motorists.

The benefits of UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® far outweigh those of purchasing and storing cheaper asphalt for pothole repair. Instant Road Repair offers a first time permanent repair which means only one visit to site is needed – dramatically reducing the whole life cost of a pothole. What’s more, available in 25kg buckets, UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® allows contractors to be on site quickly, and because the buckets can be resealed and material used again the next day, no asphalt goes to waste.

UltraCrete Instant Road Repair® has been used all around the world, for over 35 years with excellent results, proving that it does pay to “get it right first time”.

For further information on UltraCrete Instant Road Repair please email international@instarmac.com or visit www.instarmacinternational.com. You can also keep up to date with the latest news from Instarmac HQ by following them on Twitter @InstarmacExport.

Nigel Higgins

“UltraCrete’s HF was excellent and performed exactly as required”.

Contracts Manager at Laidlaw Ltd

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