Winter Potholes – What To Do?
Potholes are an indication that the asphalt has broken down to the point that it can no longer support weight in that area. They are usually the result of water seeping beneath the pavement through a crack that has been left open to the weather. Occasionally, potholes are the result of heavier traffic on the pavement than the surface was meant to handle, such as heavy trucks driving on a parking lot designed for passenger vehicles only. Unless repaired promptly, potholes can contribute to additional damage that has the potential to destroy the entire paved surface.
Winter Potholes – What To Do?
When you call an asphalt contractor to repair your potholes, he will inspect your pavement to determine the cause, type and extent of damage. After considering other factors, such as the temperature of the ground and the likelihood of precipitation within the next 24 hours, he will then recommend one of the following repair methods.
• Temporary Repair — Because the most critical issue is to seal the pavement against water penetration while eliminating the hazards posed by potholes, your contractor may recommend a temporary repair. These repairs, commonly called throw-and-roll and throw-and-go, use cold-mix asphalt to fill the pothole. Neither of these methods will last very long, but they are the most inexpensive methods of pothole repair. They can buy you some time if permanent repairs cannot be made due to weather or if you are planning to have the area re-paved soon.
• Semi-permanent Repair — A longer lasting option would be a skin patch. This method uses hot-mix asphalt to apply a “bandage” or patch over the damaged pavement. Although superior to either of the cold-mix repairs, it is not a permanent fix.
• Permanent Repair — There are two methods of repairs that will normally last for the balance of the surrounding pavement’s life. The “remove and replace” method is just what the term implies — damaged asphalt is removed and new asphalt is installed. One advantage to this method is that the foundation underneath the damaged pavement can be repaired at the same time. The second method is called infrared patching. This method uses infrared heaters to warm the damaged pavement as well as the asphalt around it. New asphalt is worked into the existing pavement; when performed by a skilled crew, this type of repair is usually provides the best appearance.
Because every job is different, it is best to have an experienced asphalt contractor inspect your pavement to determine the proper repair method. Driveway Sealing Call Frank is a state-certified contractor with more than a decade of experience in all aspects of asphalt installation, maintenance, snow removal and infrared asphalt repair. We offer a full range of asphalt-related services in New Haven and Fairfield counties. Contact us today for a free quote by calling 1-800-DRIVEWAY or submitting our online form.