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.
Asphalt Patching Methods
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 sawing these areas out are complete, they then can fill with hot mix asphalt. They cut to the appropriate depth and grade. This is a fairly permanent asphalt repair.
- Milling and patching – During the milling process, grinding the pavement’s surface takes place until the necessary depth occurs. Next, the old millings go into a waiting truck to bring to a recycling center. This makes for an environmentally friendly option. The next step of this asphalt repair method is to add a new layer of asphalt pavement on top. All while it is key to measure the same thickness as the prior surface. By selecting the extent of your milling repair you can actually be cost saving.
- Infra-red patching – In this method, innovative machinery uses heat to soften the surface. This allows for it to be workable in any weather above 0 degrees. Because of this, this method allows for conducting asphalt repairs through otherwise “off season” months. By heating up the pavement to a workable state, the machine allows for the new asphalt 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.
DIY Temporary Fix
Many DIY pothole filling methods include temporary cold or hot patches, or filling it with some sort of bagged gravel and compacting it. We do not recommend the DIY asphalt repair methods because it is a very temporary fix. Most go to this method 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. We suggest having a paving professional inspect this area in the near future to formulate a more permanent fix!
Why The Urgency To Repair The Pothole
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. As well as that it is safe for those traveling on it.
EastCoat Pavement Services can help you to formulate and put into place an asphalt repair and maintenance plan. 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! In addition, we also will 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!