Are you wary of potholes developing on your property?
Nothing is worse than traveling across an otherwise smooth surface, only to be jolted in another direction as your vehicle passes over a pothole. Depending on the severity of the pothole, this can cause damage to a vehicle and put the driver in harm’s way.
What are these pavement issues, how are they created, and can they be fixed? Keep reading to find out!
What Are Potholes?
Simply put, a pothole is a large depression that forms on asphalt pavement, rendering that area of the surface hazardous to drivers. From commercial parking lot paving to industrial roadway paving, these blemishes can appear on all types of surfaces, irrespective of their application.
Why Do Potholes Appear?
It’s important to remember that potholes don’t start out as potholes. Rather, they start out as small cracks in your pavement, and these cracks may be caused by a number of things—ultraviolet (UV) rays, moisture, ground movement, or chemicals, for example.
Small cracks are largely harmless and can be repaired with a simple crack filler or crack seal product. When these cracks are neglected, however, they grow larger, and more of them begin to appear.
Eventually, these cracks will connect with one another, causing what is commonly known as alligator cracking. When small pieces of asphalt are dislodged from these large networks of cracks, potholes are left in their wake.
How Do You Fix Potholes?
There are several ways to address a pothole, depending on its severity and the state of your pavement overall:
The most common type of pothole repair, patching involves cleaning the area, adding asphalt materials to the hole, compacting the asphalt, and leveling it to match the rest of your pavement.
A much larger type of repair, an overlay may be the best option when there are multiple potholes and other blemishes, but the foundation remains intact. The process involves filling in the pothole by pouring a new layer of asphalt over your entire surface.
The most intensive type of pothole repair, reconstruction involves ripping up your asphalt and rebuilding it—particularly when there are existing issues at the foundation. This repair may be performed in the area most affected by potholes or on your entire surface—depending on the age and overall state of your pavement.
Why Hire Danny’s Asphalt Paving
At Danny’s Asphalt Paving, our team has decades of combined experience with paving, maintenance, and repairs. Over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of potholes. Regardless of whether you are dealing with a single divot or multiple potholes littered across your pavement, we have the expertise needed to repair and restore your pavement to peak condition.
Rather than allowing your potholes to grow larger and expose your pavement’s foundation to the elements, hire a seasoned commercial paving company like Danny’s Asphalt Paving.