Problem Solvers: BoltHoldâ„¢ Anchors Secure Structures to Asphalt
WEST ORANGE, NJ Anchoring to asphalt has come of age. The conventional wisdom holds that the only way to attach anything securely to asphalt is by replacing the asphalt with concrete. Yet the Asphalt Anchors Group (AAG) has developed an economical and reliable way to attach structures directly to asphalt, at a fraction of the cost of concrete replacement. With 10 years of field experience, the technology is ready to go mainstream.
Why Asphalt is so Challenging
Asphalt is about 20 times more yielding than concrete. In addition, asphalt "creeps" under sustained forces. This rules out the use of the common wedge anchors used on concrete. These anchors expand in the hole and rely on the pressure against the walls of the concrete around them to create friction that jams them in place.
In the case of asphalt, the continuous "static" pressure exerted on the asphalt walls by the expansion anchors causes the asphalt to flow, and the anchors will loosen and lose their grip in a very short period of time (hours or a few days).
A New Type of Anchor
The special-purpose anchors are installed flush with the asphalt surface. An internal thread accepts a bolt that is used to attach the structure to the anchor.
The anchors bond to asphalt using an epoxy or cement (generically called grout). An oversize hole is drilled in the asphalt, is filled with a fast curing grout, and the anchor is dropped in until it is flush with the surface. The displaced grout is pushed into the crevices in the asphalt and in the gravel layer below. Thus the grout binds to the anchor on the one side, and the asphalt on the other side thus making the bond stronger than the asphalt around it. The anchors and the asphalt are now one, without stress and the passing of time will not loosen the bond.
Uses and Reusability
The applications for the anchors range from the mundane to the exotic. Common applications are mounting parking signs, fence posts, outdoor furniture and speed bumps. Unusual ones anchor jet blast deflectors, runway arresting system (to capture airplanes that overshot the runway) and seasonal flood control systems.
The anchors are popular for seasonal applications where the structure needs to be removed - speed bumps for the winter, tents after a weekend farmer's market. Because they are flush with the surface, then anchor can safely be left installed, for reuse next time.
The anchors are offered in different sizes and materials including all stainless steel anchors for use in areas subject to salt water or close to drinking aware reservoirs.