The Differences Between Cold Patch vs. Hot Mix Asphalt

May 18, 2023

The Differences Between Cold Patch vs. Hot Mix Asphalt

Asphalt will crack and break apart over time as it wears down. Fixing these potholes as soon as possible will prevent more damage. The two best materials to fill the holes are cold patch and hot mix asphalt. Here’s a look at the differences between these two options.

What Is Hot Mix Asphalt?

Hot mix asphalt can be purchased at an asphalt plant if you have a six-wheeler to fill. It is usually reserved for paving companies, so it needs to be purchased and installed before it hardens and cools. Without the proper equipment and expertise, you should focus your attention on a cold patch.

What Is Cold Patch?

Cold patch asphalt is a unique mixture of regular asphalt materials and oils that hold the mixture together and keep it malleable. Workers can apply the material to a pothole and patch up any damage in the pavement. It’s easy to find cold patch in stores and apply it yourself, but most cold patch products aren’t as durable or permanent as hot mix patches.

The Impact of Weather

You’ll notice some differences when comparing the two options. One of the biggest differences is how each one works depending on the weather. A cold patch can be used in the winter or during colder weather, while hot mix asphalt needs to remain hot during installation.

Which One To Choose

When choosing between asphalt pothole filling products, there’s no right choice for every job, so understanding the difference between hot mix and cold patch asphalt is important. Hot mix is durable and ideal in the summer months. However, you need the proper equipment to get everything in place. A cold patch can last a long time, making it a great option if you don’t have immediate access to pavement repair equipment.

Your decision comes down to your pavement needs and which solution best fits those needs. If you’re looking for a summer fix and have access to pavement repair equipment, then hot mix is the best choice. Cold patching is a great option if you need to repair pavement in the winter or don’t have access to an asphalt plant.

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