Potholes are among the top pavement defect concerns for industrial and commercial property owners. Not only do potholes jeopardize the safety and performance of pavement, they also reduce aesthetic appeal and overall property value. To better understand how to protect your pavement from potholes, it’s helpful to learn what causes them to form and which strategies work best for repair and prevention. Continue reading to do that!
It is no secret that the rate of pothole formation tends to gain in the winter. After the freezing temperatures and snow appear, more potholes do as well. This is because of seasonal freeze-thaw cycles, which cause pavement to contract and expand with the changing conditions. These conditions can lead to surface defects to form very quickly, which is why it seems like a lot of pot holes and sidewalk depressions suddenly look around this time of year.
Where and Why They Appear
The two factors that contribute to surface blemishes the most are chilly temperatures and water. When these two factors are present, it is highly possible that pavement defects will occur. Both concrete and asphalt surfaces are vulnerable to those effects, such as sidewalks, parking lots, roads, roads, pool decks, and more.
Water subsequently reacts with the cold temperatures by freezing and then expanding. Then, when temperatures become milder, the water thaws, causing the existing cracks to contract and ultimately worsen. This is due to water draining and evaporating into the surface, causing a gap to form between the floor and the pavement. The more this cycle occurs, the larger the surface blemishes get, and eventually form what we frustratingly know as potholes.
Methods of Prevention
The best method of prevention when it comes to concrete and asphalt pavements is to repair surface blemishes while they’re still in their early stages.
Another frequent preventive method is routine maintenance, which may include periodic resurfacing, overlays, reinforcement, cleaning, and incorporating an efficient water drainage system. If you’re having new pavement installed, it is crucial to hire a professional paving company which has a reputation for providing trusted work and outstanding results. Many pavement problems begin with poor installation, so be sure you hire sensibly to avoid making a bad investment.