A: GRIP-FLEX is a pavement maintenance material that is a true aggregate binder that can be configured as a micro-surfacing product or as a spray seal product for use on airport runways, taxiways, ramps and aprons. GRIP-FLEX is also used on bridges, parking lots, and private roadways.
Q: Why is GRIP-FLEX used?
GRIP-FLEX is used for a variety of reasons:
On Airports GRIP-FLEX is used because of its extraordinary SKID RESISTANCE and FUEL and WATER RESISTANCE qualities. GRIP-FLEX also resists oxidation and stays BLACK rather than fading or graying the way all asphalt products or most traditional sealcoats do over time. For Airports the BLACK Color also provides safe visibility and contrast for approaching pilots.
A: GRIP-FLEX products are used in three types of ways: 1)Preventive Maintenance: GRIP-FLEX protects your costly HMA and PCC pavements from harmful UV rays, water, oil, gas, chemicals, and other detrimental factors that destroy asphalt and concrete. 2) Pavement Rehabilitation:GRIP-FLEX can restore your old, oxidized, and raveled pavements with a BRAND NEW WEARING SURFACE and provide unparalleled skid and fuel resistance. 3) "Band-Aide" Rehabilitation: When reconstruction is far too expensive for your budget, GRIP-FLEX can be installed to buy you 5-7+ years of useful life while you set aside money for the costly reconstruction.
Q: Who uses GRIP-FLEX?
A: Public, private, and commercial service airports, US Army, Navy, Air Force, State DOT organizations, home owners associations, and Wal-Mart just to name a few. There is currently over 10,000,000 square yards of GRIP-FLEX in use on airside pavements.
Q: How is GRIP-FLEX different than other pavement products on the market?
A: GRIP-FLEX MICRO-SURFACING is a thermoplastic compound that uses highly refined, environmentally safe coal tar derivative for anti-oxidation and fuel-resistance qualities to create an environmentally safe and stable wearing surface for both HMA and PCC pavements.
Q: What kind of long-term performance can I expect out of GRIP-FLEX?
A: It is realistic to state that if you install a GRIP-FLEX Surface on structurally sound airside pavement the only additional maintenance that will be required during the following decade or more is some crack filling and some re-painting and an occasional touch-up. If you resurface your pavement every 15 years with GRIP-FLEX you probably will never have to endure the crushing expense of pavement reconstruction.
Q: Is GRIP-FLEX approved for FAA funding?
A: Yes. As of June 2014 GRIP-FLEX meets the requirements outlined in FAA Specification P-629. During the previous 30 years GRIP-FLEX was used on runways, taxiways, aprons and ramps servicing all types of commercial, military and civilian aircraft under the FAA Engineering Brief 35.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT GRIP-FLEX
-GRIP-FLEX is an environmentally friendly composite of thermoplastics (think plastic gas cans or mudflaps) and a very specially refined derivative of coal tar and functions as a BINDER for aggregates.
-Unlike sealcoats, rejuvenators, or asphalt coating that try to emulate GRIP-FLEX by using cheap and short-lived latex additives (usually described as polymers), GRIP-FLEX Micro-Surfacing will hold crushed rock (not junk sand) in place for 10-15 years to create a superior long-term wearing surface.
-Unlike asphalt based products GRIP-FLEX will not break down environmentally. When GRIP-FLEX is installed over asphalt we stop the asphalt from breaking down and protect both your pavement and the surrounding environment.
-When GRIP-FLEX with aggregate is installed as a wearing surface it will be more flexible than the underlying asphalt, but will not stretch like a balloon... if it did it would not be capable of holding the aggregate in place. Like a 2" or 1" asphalt overlay, GRIP-FLEX will show reflective cracking. Depending on the condition of the pavement and the underlying base and also climatic conditions, reflective cracking may show through within months of the installation, just like an asphalt overlay.
-One benefit of a GRIP-FLEX Surface to you is that if the cracks show through you can touch up the surface with a little GRIP-FLEX and the overall color will always be BLACK.... even if you chose to use a hot rubber crack filler over GRIP-FLEX... the color of both the GRIP-FLEX and the crack filler are BLACK.
-GRIP-FLEX will stay black and will not oxidize and will protect your investment in the underlying asphalt. And when you need to patch the asphalt due to damage from a variety of unforeseen circumstances, just re-apply a small amount of GRIP-FLEX over the ashpalt patch and the new GRIP-FLEX will blend with the old GRIP-FLEX and you will once again have an attractive homogenous BLACK surface that will continue to look good, protect your asphalt, provde a safe skid resistant surface and most importantly help to preserve your investment in your very expensive pavement.