Asphalt repair is extremely important for many reasons, but most importantly to preserve your pavement and protect it from excessive deterioration. One of the most damaging pavement injuries are potholes. For a deep dive on what exactly a pothole is, how it is created, and how to fix and prevent it, visit our blog Asphalt Pothole Repair: Potholes Explained HERE.
Routine pavement maintenance is key in preventing, and fixing serious pavement damages like potholes. When it comes to pothole repair, there are 3 basic asphalt patching methods used:
- Saw cut and patch – This method includes the cutting and removing of areas of deterioration within the pavement. Once these areas are sawed out, they are then filled with hot mix asphalt, according to the appropriate depth and grade. This is a fairly permanent asphalt repair.
- Milling and patching – During the milling process, pavement’s surface is grinded to a desired depth. The millings are then loaded into a waiting truck to be recycled, also making this an environmentally friendly option. The next step of this asphalt repair method is to add a new layer of asphalt pavement on top, measuring the same thickness as the surface that was removed. While this method may seem like it would be costly, since milling allows for you to choose the depth of your repair, is can actually be cost saving.
- Infra-red patching – In this method, innovative machinery uses heat to soften the surface allowing for it to be workable in any weather above 0 degrees. Because of this, this method allows for asphalt repair to be conducted through otherwise “off season” months. By heating up the pavement to a workable state, the machine allows for the new asphalt that is added to fuse seamlessly to the old. This process eliminates the seam that is created by a saw cut and patch method, helping to further protect against the damages associate with water penetration.
Many DIY pothole filling methods include temporary cold or hot patches, or filling it with some sort of bagged gravel and compacting it. These DIY asphalt repair methods are not recommended because it is a very temporary fix and is often used because it is simple, fast, and inexpensive. If you do choose to execute one of these DIY pothole repair methods, it is important to understand the temporary state of this fix and we suggest having a paving professional inspect this area in the near future to formulate a more permanent fix!
If a pothole is left untreated, it could lead to complete deterioration of your pavement requiring a new installation. Paving is a big investment, and because of this, it is important to regularly maintain it to ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment. Asphalt repair is the most cost-effective way to ensure that your driveway is lasting as long as it should and that it is safe for those traveling on it. EastCoat Pavement Services can not only help you to formulate and put into place an asphalt repair and maintenance plan, but we can also assist you in any other pavement needs you may have. We can install new pavement, sealcoat existing pavement, repair dangerous cracks and potholes, paint your lot, and more! We also work with you during the planning phase to ensure that your tenants, employees, and/or daily traffic is taken care of and inconvenienced as little as possible! Contact EastCoat Pavement Services today for your free consultation and fill those pesky potholes today before winter hits!