Every year as the cold winter comes to an end and snow melts we all start to come to life again and are delighted that warmer weather is on the way. The only negative to the steadily warming weather are potholes, which can seem to appear over night in driveways, parking lots, and roads.
If you have a pothole on your property but aren’t sure how to fill potholes, check out the repair tips below. You’ll be ready to restore your property and fill potholes in no time.
Know What Makes A Pothole
In order to fill potholes and fix your property, you must first know what makes a pothole happen. Potholes are the result of the expansion and contraction of water after it has entered into the ground under the pavement. As the weight of cars and trucks pass over the weak spot in the road, pieces of the pavement become weak. This results in the material breaking down from excess weight of trucks and cars passing over the weak spot in the pavement. This inevitably creates potholes. To fill potholes, you must follow four steps: cleaning, heating, adding the new custom aggregate mix, and cooling. Sealcoating will then protect the filled and cooled pothole and extend its life.
Know About The Different Kinds Of Pothole Repair Mix So You Can Choose The Right One
Potholes come in all shapes and sizes, and pothole repair mix is just as diverse. In fact, when it comes time to fill potholes the quality of the asphalt mix you use to fill your pothole has a large effect on the long term aesthetics and longevity of your pothole post-repair. There are dozens of mixes to choose from, so make sure you are picking the right one.
Hire The Right Contractor
If you do not have the time, tools, or expertise to fill potholes on your property, it may be time to let that stress roll off you and hire a professional. Be sure to do your research, ask a lot of questions, and make sure the company you hire has the right knowledge, experience, and integrity to get the job done right.
Tri County Asphalt the 1-800-ASPHALT team are ready to assist you and can even do emergency Asphalt repairs in Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia and the surrounding area.
Asphalt is a bigger part of our everyday lives than we tend to realize. Have you REALLY
stopped to think about how to maintain it?
Asphalt, made of rock, sand, and tar, is designed to flex, but also stay super strong under the pressures of traffic.
However, after time asphalt tends to be beaten down by harsh weather, water, the sun, and long periods of heavy traffic.
Under these conditions the asphalt tends to crack, develop potholes, and turn a grey “dried out” looking color.
This grey color is due to the asphalt oxidizing, when this happens, the best thing to do is seal it!
Sealcoating is absolutely essential to parking lot maintenance. Sealing the asphalt protects it from becoming brittle, cracking, and oxidizing and should be done every 2-4 years.
This process is very easy- and should be considering top priority in asphalt maintenance because it will prevent costly repairs in the future.
Asphalt with a lot of cracks need a little bit of special attention. These cracks, even if small, need to be filled to prevent further damage. Cracks with weeds should be cleared first, as weeds have the same effect as ice on pavement.
There are two types of crackfill-
Cold pour: This is used to fill smaller cracks, around ½” in width.
Hot pour: This is used to fill larger cracks- up to 1” in width.
Crackfill with help keep water and debris, and can help keep cracks sealed for up to 4 years.
You can keep your property looking good by doing little things too. Keeping the asphalt swept and clean of debris with not only keep it looking nice, but will prevent them from clogging drains- which causes water to pool and harm the asphalt. Clean any oil stains quickly, as they can be damaging as well.
Last but not least, keep your property safe and looking great by making sure to have your pavement re-striped whenever the paint starts looking faded.
Tri County Asphalt can help you keep your property at its best. Give us a call at 1-800-ASPHALT for a free estimate today!