Keen cyclist launches pothole repair product
15 Dec 2010
Sales Director and keen cyclist Daniel Osen has launched a new pothole repair product in the UK as a direct result of encountering so many dangerous holes in the road while enjoying his hobby of cycling. RonaRoad GreenPatch Pothole Repair can be laid at temperatures down as low as -20°C and is ‘greener’ and more effective than other pothole repair products on the market.
Daniel, Sales Director of chemical construction products manufacturer Ronacrete enjoys cycling so much that he cycled the length of the UK for his 40th birthday. He now plans to cycle from the East to the West coast of America. However, while training for his American journey Daniel noticed a marked deterioration in the road surfaces.
“Several cold winters have taken their toll on the road surface making them much more dangerous for cyclists.” explains Daniel. “You often can’t see the potholes until you are almost on top of them and taking avoiding action can mean steering into the path of a car, especially on narrow country lanes.”
The combination of construction product salesman and cyclist in Daniel led him to make some investigations into pothole repair; he particularly wanted to find out why the repairs so often failed, with holes reappearing months or weeks later.
The Ronacrete technical team started researching the pothole repair market, talking to manufacturers, road repair contractors, and to local authorities. It was discovered that many traditional pothole repair products use solvents to make them soft enough to use. However, these solvents, which are based on petrol, diesel and benzene, actually make the product fail early. They are also not good for the environment as they can leach into the road contaminating streams and rivers.
After more research Ronacrete launched a new road repair product which addressed both these issues - RonaRoad GreenPatch.
Unlike other pothole repair products RonaRoad GreenPatch doesn’t contain damaging petrol solvents, but instead has a softener using biodegradable plant extracts. This has two distinct benefits. First the environmentally friendly softener prolongs the life of the repair, as toxic solvents can attack and eat away at the other components in the products weakening the bond from the moment they are applied, (one of the main reasons that holes reappear). Secondly because RonaRoad GreenPatch doesn’t contain the toxic softeners it is friendlier to the environment than other repair products.
The third unusual benefit of RonaRoad GreenPatch is that it can be laid at temperatures as low as -20°C remaining pliable in extremely cold weather. This is important because potholes appear as a result of water trickling into small holes in the road surface and then expanding when the water freezes causing the surface to break away. So potholes need to be repaired in cold weather because that is when they appear.
Daniel is pleased to report of the products success so far. “Repairs using RonaRoad GreenPatch have so far been carried out on the M25, A40, M4 motorway and on other major and minor roads across the country. Most of the repairs are now many months old, lasting far longer than competitive repair products.”