It’s Pothole Repair Season

Pothole season in Ohio

According to the American Automobile Association, pothole damage costs U.S. drivers more than $3 billion per year. And that figure does not account for the costs associated with repairing the roads and parking lots. 

Common damage related to potholes includes flat tires, damaged tires, bent or damaged rims, suspension damage, steering damage and even damage to the body of the car. Potholes can also negatively impact alignment, making the tires wear more quickly.

To avoid these damages, maintenance managers must first understand why potholes form.

Breakdown

Asphalt is just like any other material and needs continuous maintenance to retain good condition. When proper maintenance is not performed, asphalt begins to break down. 

According to a blog posted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, potholes are the result of a combination of traffic and moisture. 

what causes potholes

Potholes are the result of a combination of traffic and moisture.

“Roadways are constructed in layers. The top layer is water resistant and curved to drain water off the road and onto the shoulder,” according to the blog. “A road surface develops cracks due to the stresses caused by traffic and because of the heating and cooling of the surface. During the day, the sun warms the roadway causing it to expand a small amount, while nighttime cooling causes the road to contract.”

The weak spot in the road continues to break down and as traffic passes over, the broken down material is removed, creating a pothole.

Early spring in Ohio is considered pothole season. The name fits because during early spring nighttime temperatures are below freezing, while daytime temperatures are above freezing. This freeze-thaw cycle causes potholes.

Repair

Repairing potholes as soon as possible will help address safety concerns, and keep your asphalt surface looking its best.

Asphalt Services of Ohio offers complete patching and pothole repair service. Our pavement consultants will assess the condition of your asphalt and make a recommendation on the best way to correct the problems. 

  1. If the lot can be repaired through asphalt patching, we will cut out the damaged areas, add additional aggregate where necessary, and install and compact new asphalt in the cut out areas. We will also apply hot rubberized crack sealer to the edges of the patch in order to seal the new asphalt with the existing asphalt.
  2. Small potholes can often be repaired without the need for cutting out the area – we’ll simply clean out the potholes, apply tack coat (a binding agent), and apply two to three inches of compacted asphalt
  3. If there is extensive damage to the asphalt surface, including large potholes, large cracks, or extensive cracking and crumbling, an asphalt overlay may be required. In some cases even an overlay may not be enough to correct the problems, especially if there are issues with the base material under the asphalt. When the base is no longer strong, and becomes unstable, the entire parking lot may need to be removed and replaced.

Regularly sealcoating and repairing cracks and potholes in your asphalt surfaces will extend the life of your investment. These important maintenance steps help to delay the need for more extensive services.

Does your asphalt need some TLC? Contact our team today to discuss maintenance and repairs.