Damaged and failing Asphalt surfaces can result in Potholes that vary from shape and size forming in the pavement. Damaged Asphalt can occur due to a-number of factors including pavement age, type of use, lack of drainage and sometimes be symptomatic of deeper underlying issues. Regardless of cause, neglect of necessary Asphalt Pothole repair can significantly impact the overall life of a pavement surface and may result in more expense and headache down the track.
Potholes are created when moisture penetrates the Asphalt surface through cracks or by the expansion and contraction of water entering-into the sub structure of the pavement. Water tends to pond in the damaged area, over time and with continuous use, the Asphalt surface weakens and develops a Pothole. It is therefore, critical when failures occur, that repairs to your Asphalt surface be carried out in a timely manner. Unlike rigid concrete surface failures, repairs to Asphalt can be a relatively quick and cost-effective process. It is best practise to repair and maintain Asphalt surfaces as soon as deterioration is identified. Asphalt repairs and routine maintenance can assist, not only by extending the pavement life but also to reduce the risk of further failures when left exposed to the elements and vehicular traffic.
Carrying out cosmetic repairs to pavement failures such as Potholes is for those that have an urgent requirement and is a viable stopgap to immediately make the area safe. Particularly in areas such as footpaths and car parks, where there is an increased risk of harm to users. Cosmetic repairs may seem to be a cost-effective solution however, as the name suggests, it is a superficial repair by way of filling the hole with new Asphalt. This emergency repair should be viewed as a short-term solution, the cause will not have been addressed and Potholes may quickly reoccur.
Carrying out permanent repairs to pavement failures such as Potholes is for those that require the pavement to be repaired for the long term. And the cause should be addressed in-order-to prevent it from returning in the Asphalt surface. Carrying out remedial repairs to localised failures, although a more comprehensive repair, will prolong further damage and can be a relatively quick process.
It is worth noting, in most circumstances, both types of Asphalt repairs and minor Asphalt maintenance works can be carried out within a matter of hours, with minimal disruption and can be trafficable almost immediately following completion of works.
What you need to know –
Potholes can be ignored for the short term however, if left unattended they can have a costly financial impact on Stakeholders. Potholes are trip-hazards, a safety risk to pedestrians, can cause damage to vehicles and impact on the value and image of the property.
Ozpave has the expertise and experience to assist in Asphalt maintenance solutions. Read further about our Asphalt Repair services or contact us should you have further questions.