A circular saw can cut asphalt, but it takes skill and know-how to cut the material smoothly. That’s why we recommend using a diamond blade for cutting asphalt with your circular saw. The diamond blades are designed specifically for this purpose, so they cut through the material quickly and efficiently without damaging the surface of the pavement underneath.
Here is how to cut your asphalt pavement for perfect asphalt repairs.
Use Diamond Blades to Cut Asphalt Most Easily and Effectively
Diamond blades are specifically designed to cut hard surfaces like asphalt, so they cut through the road material quickly without wearing down too quickly. In addition, diamond blades have teeth that cut horizontally, which helps cut through asphalt faster.
A circular saw is a better option than an angle grinder because the cut will be straighter and more precise, producing less damage to your new or existing pavement and reducing the costs of repairs. It’s also safer for you to cut with a circular saw instead of an angle grinder since it eliminates sparks from flying and requires you to cut with the blade on top of the asphalt.
Sweep the Area to Remove Dirt and Debris
Start by sweeping the area to remove any dirt and debris. This will help keep your blade sharp for longer, ensuring a clean cut every time. It is essential to sweep out the area because you don’t want to cut yourself on debris or have small chunks of rocks fly up in your face.
Mark the Area with Chalk that You Plan to Cut
Next, identify and mark the area with chalk. It is essential to do this so that you can cut a square around your repair hole. You don’t want to cut in an oval or circular shape because then it won’t be even, which will lead to future problems since asphalt needs to sit at a level.
Cut in a Straight Line
Another thing to ensure when cutting the asphalt is that you cut it in a straight line. You don’t want to cut along an angle because then the cut will be uneven, and this again could cause future problems with how your asphalt sits on top of the ground underneath.
Cut the Width of the Repair
When cutting, it’s essential to cut wide enough for your asphalt repair. You definitely don’t want to cut too narrow because then you won’t be able to get all of the old material that is left behind after removing your cutout.
Clean the Area After Cutting Your Asphalt
Once you cut it out, make sure that any rocks or debris are removed from where you made the cut, so they don’t prevent the new asphalt from adhering when it is laid down. Use a leaf blower and blow off the excess material. Use your hands to remove larger pieces that may be stuck in the cut edge of the asphalt. Gently brush off cut edges with a wire brush, broom, or wet rag if necessary before pouring new asphalt into the cut area(s).
In this post, we have covered the tools, techniques, and how-to’s that you need to know about saw cutting for asphalt pavement repairs in detail. At Athens-Atlanta Asphalt Co, Inc., our experts are ready for any paving project or to answer any of your paving related questions. If you live in Forest Park, GA, feel free to get in touch for a free quote!