Pothole Repair Guide

Pothole are all over the place. From driveways to parking areas and asphalt pavements to highways, they are everywhere. The changing weather, the large amount of snow falling, repeat freeze-thaw cycles just add stress by making them happen to occur more often and in large dimensions.

How do potholes get created?

Cracks are commonplace on roads and driveways. They are caused by the volume of traffic and soil stabilization problems. Moisture seeps into cracks, and when it gets cold in the winter seasons, the cracks begin to expand. These cracks expand and make dirt and gravel escape and, when paired with the melting of frozen ice stretched asphalt breaks down to form an open pothole.

How can potholes be repaired?

Potholes can be fixed with asphalt patching materials. Asphalt patching materials are of two kinds namely hot asphalt and cold asphalt. Both have advantages and drawbacks, but cold asphalt has proven to be an ideal solution to repair potholes due to its ease of application, handling, and the longer lasting. Although high-performance cold mix asphalt can cost more than hot mix over the course of time, due to its durability it is an economical choice.

Ice Asphalt Or Hot Asphalt to repair potholes?

Hot Asphalt like it is referred to, is made at a very high temperature, around 300 F. Every step of a repair exercise for potholes also take place at a high temperature. This can be a significant limitation in extreme temperatures, when the asphalt surface is so cold that hot mix can’t be properly applied.

The Cold Asphalt is the best option for these lower temperatures. It is mixed in lower temperatures. It is more viscous and less sticky than hot asphalt, and is easy to work with. Cold asphalt usually has the advantages of being simpler to work with and maintain, and yet is exactly similar to Hot Asphalt mix.

Repairing potholes is an easy task provided it is done properly and with the appropriate material. The patching of potholes using cold mix asphalt could mean long-term durability and a break from the cycle of mixing cleaning, pouring, cleaning and compaction