When you hear the term pothole patching, you might think that it’s the equivalent of putting a band-aid over the pothole and calling it good until next year. That isn’t quite true. It’s more effective than a simple band-aid fix. Here is how pothole patching works.
- Filling the hole with asphalt: The most common methods of pothole patching involve filling the hole with new asphalt. This allows for durable and longer-lasting patching while also making the job quick and affordable, so it won’t disturb the traffic flow.
- Compacting the patch: Once we have filled the pothole with asphalt, the next step of pothole patching is compacting the asphalt. This can be done by either leaving the pothole as is and allowing regular traffic to naturally compact it as they drive over the patching, or it can be done using the tires of a maintenance truck that will be a bit heavier than your typical car. With either method, the asphalt is compacted tightly into the hole by the pressure of the vehicles. This compacting process also prolongs the lifespan of the patch, making it sturdier and more durable against future damage.
There are more methods for pothole patching than what we discussed, and each method is effective though varying in time and cost. As you can see, they are still much more than a band-aid approach. If you need any pothole repairs or would like to learn more about our methods, please give us a call.