What is micro asphalt?

Micro asphalt is a form of road surfacing used in highway preservation. It is made up of a mixture of aggregates and bitumen emulsions and acts as a replacement for hot asphalt, with the advantage of being laid thinner. Micro asphalt features all the well-known characteristics of a hot asphalt, however it is laid cold.  In Europe, micro asphalt is laid on autobahns, major roads and urban roads.

Micro asphalt is most often used as a preventative maintenance treatment to avoid disruption to roads by major road reconstruction. Major road works have the potential to be very expensive and cause significant disruption to road users, especially if a road needs to be planed and reconstructed. The benefits of micro asphalt are as such that, when deployed strategically, this type of surface dressing can prolong the life of a road surface with minimal disruption.

How is micro asphalt applied?

Micro asphalt can be applied to any road surface. The depth and number of applications may vary dependent on the road, mostly how busy it is. For busier roads, we may recommend several applications to ensure longevity, however thinner applications are generally needed in comparison to hot asphalt.

On application, micro asphalt is a liquid. This then dries quickly, and the road is ready for traffic in a short amount of time – sometimes within 30 minutes.

What are the benefits of micro asphalt?

When applied, micro asphalt creates a new layer of surfacing on a road. This process works to reinforce the strength and durability of the existing asphalt. Not only is this process quick, it is also very easy to do and does not require full reconstruction or planing of a road.

As well as this, micro asphalt is waterproof and, once cured, improves traction making roads safer for users. More than just a short-term solution, micro asphalt can prolong the life of a road for up to 10 years without the need for invasive road repairs that cause significant disruption. What’s more, due to its waterproof nature and inherent strength, an application of micro asphalt can reduce the need for reactive road repairs, making it a low cost, long-term solution.

Micro Asphalt from BituChem

At BituChem, we manufacture and supply micro asphalt and surface dressing emulsions such as LockChip for road repairs and surfacing. We are well placed to serve projects throughout the United Kingdom, and our micro asphalt is an affordable, easy to apply solution that causes minimal disruption to roads.

To find out more about micro asphalt from BituChem, contact us today. We can work with you to decide which of our surface dressing, emulsions or micro asphalt solutions are most prudent for your project and advise on the application process.