Did you discover a new pothole in your pavement this spring?
Potholes occur when snow and ice melt as part of a seasonal freeze-thaw cycle. The resulting water seeps into the pavement through cracks caused by the wear and tear of traffic. Then when the temperature cools overnight, the water become ice and expands below the pavement, which causes the pavement to rise. As traffic continues to go over this raised section and the temperatures continue to fluctuate, a shallow divot occurs under the surface and the pavement breaks, forming a pothole.
So why should you repair your potholes?
Pothole Repairs Prevent Further Damage
Just one pothole can do a lot of damage to your parking lot. Water is the cause of potholes. Existing potholes allow more water to get under the surface of your pavement, making it easier for more cracks and potholes to form, and could also make the existing pothole larger. Repairing potholes will prevent the formation of larger potholes and substantial asphalt pavement damage.
Repairing Potholes Reduces Long-Term Repair Costs
Say you did ignore the pothole. Now you have a larger problem that could have been avoided by repairing the original pothole in the first place. Unrepaired potholes grow and multiply with the pressures of continuous traffic. The small cost of maintenance and repairing one pothole will save you from having a larger, more expensive problem in the future.
Improve Curb Appeal
Make repairing your potholes a part of your spring maintenance for your business. Your parking lot is one of the first things a visitor sees when they go to your business. You don’t want to give off a bad first impression by failing to maintain the exterior of your business. Repairing potholes and sealcoating your asphalt will help keep your property looking its best.
Potholes are more than unattractive. Repairing potholes also improves the safety of your parking lot. They can cause damage to vehicles and are potential trip and fall hazards for pedestrians. Repairing a pothole is a small cost compared to potential injury and insurance claims.
Asphalt patching describes the process of filling potholes or larger excavated areas in asphalt pavement. Deteriorated sections of the paved surface are removed and replaced. Quick repair of potholes or other pavement disintegration helps control further deterioration and can help you avoid additional expensive repair of the pavement. Then prevent potholes with hot asphalt crack filling and asphalt sealing.