3 Things That Cause Potholes In Asphalt Paving

Posted on: 8 January 2019

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Many property owners have damaged asphalt paving. The issue is that many property owners do not know what causes asphalt damages. Some may notice what they think are minor damages and assume that they do not need to get the paving repaired. Minor damage can eventually lead to more serious damages such as potholes. Potholes are particularly a concern especially for individuals who own commercial properties. This is because they can impact how potential customers view your property. Negative views could result in lost revenue. The following points will help you to understand some of the main contributing factors to potholes.

Quality of Paving

Unfortunately, all asphalt paving is not created equally. Issues with the original installation can cause future problems. Quality installations can result in the asphalt being more durable against damages. If you had a subpar installation, your best measure of defense is to ensure that you get issues such as cracks repaired in a timely manner. This can extend the life of the paving. 

Crack Repairs

Some property owners do not realize the impact that cracks can have on the overall quality of their asphalt paving. Crack can extend over time and become bigger cracks. The can also lead to pothole damages. This is often what happens in parking lots that have heavy thru traffic. The weight of vehicles traveling over the damaged area causes the cracks to spread and make the asphalt brittle to the point that holes are created. The potholes can be filled, but crack filling before the damages is a more sensible way to approach this issue.

Water Intrusion

When cracks are not sealed, water and other elements can seep into the cracks and cause additional cracks to occur. This is particularly true during thaw and freeze cycles. The moisture that intrudes under the pavement can cause the underlying pavement to buckle and eventually create a pothole. Water intrusion can also occur when asphalt is not properly sealed.

An asphalt paving contractor is a good resource to use to determine whether your asphalt needs resealing or repairs. They can also advise you on the correct intervals to have your property inspected for damages. Keep in mind that potholes are not the only damages that you need to be concerned about. For example, alligator cracks are another type of damage that you should concern yourself with. These cracks are called alligator cracks because they resemble alligator skin. Like potholes, they are usually the result of neglecting asphalt paving repairs. Contact a company, like Phend & Brown to get started.