A large percentage of U.S. paved roads, parking lots and driveways are paved with asphalt. Extending the life of asphalt surfaces can save money and time for local government and the businesses that are responsible for their upkeep. Spring time is an ideal time to take care of the standard maintenance task of pothole repairs and sealcoating asphalt in order to protect this investment from the elements.
Why Are Pothole Repairs Important?
There are several reasons pothole repairs are important:
1) They prevent the asphalt from further weakening and unraveling due to the penetration of water into the underlying layers of the pavement structure.
2) Filling a pothole or making a pothole repair is less costly than total asphalt replacement.
3) A properly filled pothole can add years to the life of a pavement surface.
When Should a Pothole be Repaired?
Asphalt repairs should be made as soon as they are spotted. Not filling a pothole can lead to damage to vehicles, trips and falls and more costly replacement issues.
How Does a Pothole Form?
Cracks in the asphalt allow water to penetrate into the base and subgrade which results in pavement breaking apart and forming potholes. One of the best preventative methods you can take against potholes is proper sealcoating. Sealcoating can prevent moisture from reaching the subsurface and causing potholes
How is the Area Prepped for Pothole Repairs?
Before an asphalt repair can be made, the area needs to be cleaned of any dirt, vegetation or other foreign materials. Depending on the dimensions of a pothole, your paving contractor will normally cut out the asphalt that is at least a foot away from the existing pothole and clean out approximately six inches down from the surface, reaching the subsoil. After adding a new base of compacted aggregate, the hot asphalt can then be compacted on top of the new base.
Why Should You Hire an Experienced Paving Contractor?
Do-it-yourself pothole repairs can mean a bumpy ride through your facility. Plus, pothole failures can be attributed to improper preparation of the area, use of the wrong materials, poor workmanship and improper application of the filling materials. When a pothole repair is not made properly, water can be allowed into the pavement and the potholes can open up again. Hiring a paving company with decades of experience and a reputation for providing the highest level of customer service, professional workmanship and services can help avoid the headache of pothole repairs.
About ABC Paving and Sealcoating
With more than 20 years of experience, ABC Paving and Sealcoating is Florida's leading paving contractor. ABC Paving and Sealcoating provides commercial organizations with the highest level of customer service, professional workmanship and services including: asphalt paving, asphalt repairs and prevention, pothole repairs, sealcoating, line striping and pavement marking, thermoplastic, crack filing, signs and safety devices, concrete sidewalks, concrete curbs, site preparation and signs and safety devices. We use our experience and the latest equipment available to get the job done right the first time in a timely, cost effective manner. For more information about ABC Paving and Sealcoating, visit our website at http://pavingandsealcoating.com or call 866-934-7623 for a free estimate.